Do you know what an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is? We believe it’s vital that everyone knows what an AED is and how simple they are to use.
When seconds count, these life-saving machines are one of the only tools that can keep a heart beating. As the country’s leading social medical charity for nerds, having these life-saving machines is vital to the safety of all people that staff and attend pop culture and nerd conventions. AEDs are truly one of the only things that bystanders and first aiders can use to save someone’s life in the time of ultimate need during a cardiac arrest. AEDs are located in many convention centers, hotels, and other places frequented by people. We recommend you check with your hotel, convention center or venue to see where their AEDs are located.
Did you know that:
- AEDs are simple and easy to use.
- More than 350,000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
- Only 25% of people know what an AED is or how it is used.
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States.
- The most common cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest is ventricular fibrillation when the heart’s electrical impulses become irregular and the heart is unable to pump oxygen-rich blood through the body.
- Currently, a person who suffers Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the US, outside of a hospital, has just better than a 6% chance of survival.
- Once a victim has suffered a cardiac arrest, every minute that passes before returning the heart to a normal rhythm decreases the chance of survival by 10%.
- The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes.
- AEDs are one of the only devices that can correct a sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.