Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are devices for use in resuscitation of individuals who suffer a cardiac arrest. Because they are so easy to use, the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and American Red Cross are recommending expanding the pool of potential users beyond traditional medical personnel. Today AEDs can be found in airports, train stations, malls and other public places throughout the America.
Every second counts in the event of a cardiac arrest and having an AED available in your office can save lives. The physicians at WOHA can provide your organization with the medical direction and supervision needed for the successful and cost effective implementation of an AED training program.
On Friday, December 8, 2006, an employee using an AED was able to save a senior partner of a major DC law firm when the 46-year old man collapsed at his desk without breath or pulse.While nearby co-workers attempted to assist him and called 911, another staff member arrived with the firm’s AED. He turned on the AED, followed the simple instructions, and delivered a single shock. CPR was performed and the man began moving and breathing on his own before the ambulance crew arrived.
Thanks to this technology and knowledgeable staff participation, this gentleman was able to enjoy the holidays at home with his family. He then participated as a student in the very same AED CPR course, managed by WOHA, that saved his life.
AED medical oversight – required in Maryland, Virginia, and the District – should include:
- quality assurance
- regular training
- adjustments for new science
- awareness of local regulations
Kenneth Chase, MD and Samuel Scott, MD, MPH of WOHA provide the necessary medical oversight and actively work with Lifework, Inc. to provide yearly training, replacement supplies, and make program adjustments.
For more information on implementing a private or corporate Early Defibrillation Program, please fill out our online form.