A Shock to the Heart: The 5 Types of Defibrillator Explained

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You’re walking along the street when you come across someone in cardiac arrest. What do you do? Do you call 911 or wait for someone to come help? The right answer is to perform CPR. Ideally, you want to start within two minutes—any longer and there’ll be a great chance of brain injury due to the lack of oxygenated blood … Read More

Do You Need an AED Defibrillator? The Law May Say Yes

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400,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside hospitals each year. If these SCA victims aren’t treated in under 10 minutes, most people die.  To prevent SCA-related deaths, some state legislature requires certain establishments to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on premise. Is your business up-to-date on AED state and federal laws?  Not sure? That’s why I’m here to walk you … Read More

AED Machine Buying Guide: What to Look for Before You Buy

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Each year in the U.S., more than 356,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even a person who seems healthy. It’s the leading cause of death in people over age 40. The survival rate is around 10%. Survival chances increase with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation with an AED can … Read More

When and How to Use an AED

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If the unthinkable happened and the heart of someone near you stopped beating, would you know what to do? And, even if you did know what to do, would you have the equipment necessary to revive that person? Chances are the answer to both of these questions is no. Only one in five Americans understand basic CPR, and only a little more … Read More

Defibrillator Price: How Much Does a Defibrillator Cost?

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It is no secret that purchasing medical equipment comes with a hefty price tag. Proprietary software, portability, software compatibility and user-friendly interfaces are not cheap. But before we get down to dollars and cents, it is important to think about your purchasing options. New vs. Refurbished Defibrillator Saying the word “refurbished” when referring to medical equipment and you are likely … Read More

Searching for EKG Certification? Start Here

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It is no secret that careers in health care remain some of the top paying, most in-demand jobs in the country. Yet comparatively few people realize that the most in-demand jobs are those that require less than a college degree and medical school. In fact, this category of jobs, known as allied health care professions, can begin after just a … Read More

Had an Abnormal EKG? Here’s What You Should Know

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Matters of the heart are the subject of emotional love songs and movie scripts. As painful as a “broken heart” may feel, matters of the physical heart are far more serious. That is why an abnormal ECG is a source of concern for both the patient and their physician. Fortunately, abnormal ECG interpretation is as much an art as it … Read More

The Comprehensive Glossary for the AED: In Medical Terms

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Talking to health care professionals is sometimes like trying to understand a foreign language in a strange place. And while AED’s are meant to be used by people without a medical background, there are still terms that are often difficult to understand. This glossary is meant to help shed some light on the most commonly used medical terms when talking … Read More

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast: Restoring a Normal Heart Rate

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At an average of 80 beats per minute, your heart will beat more than 100,000 times per day, every day from the day you are born until the day you die. Since heart rate is not something we consciously control with our actions, we often take for granted that our heart will continue to beat slowly and steadily throughout the … Read More