ILMO Gets HeartStart AED’s

By Kevin Miner

According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 350,000 people each year? Even though emergency response teams can typically be on-site within 8 to 12 minutes after a 911 call is made, the chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest is reduced 7 to 10 percent each minute that defibrillation is delayed. Although employers plan for a multitude of potential scenarios that could threaten the safety of employees, they often overlook cardiac arrest.

To address this issue, ILMO Products has undertaken an initiative to install Phillips HeartStart OnSite automated external defibrillators (AED’s) at each of its retail locations. This process has already seen the placement of AED’s in four stores and should have all stores equipped and trained by the end of November.  The user-friendly defibrillator is small and lightweight. It uses clear, calm voice instructions to guide users through each step of defibrillation, including CPR coaching.  Integrated SMART Pads placed on the victim’s bare skin sense and adapt the defibrillator’s instructions to the user’s actions every step of the way.

Benefits of AEDs in the workplace: 

  1. Onsite AEDs save precious treatment time and can improve survival odds because they can be used before emergency medical service (EMS) personnel arrive.
  2. A heart rhythm in ventricular fibrillation may only be restored to normal by an electric shock.
  3. The AED is compact, lightweight, portable, battery-operated, safe, and easy to use.
  4. Modern AEDs won’t allow you to shock a victim that has a heartbeat, reducing the risk of doing more harm and reasons for people not to step in and help.
  5. These devices have a proven track record of helping to save lives in public places as well as in the workplace.
  6. Placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace can mean the difference between life and death.
  7. Of the sudden cardiac arrest deaths that occur each year, more than 95 percent of the victims die before they reach the hospital.
  8. When care is provided within five to seven minutes, including early treatment with an AED, survival rates can improve dramatically.
  9. Using a defibrillator on an individual in cardiac arrest increases his survival rate by 60 percent, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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