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

What You Need to Know About Using a Defibrillator

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When it comes to saving a life, few things can substitute for a defibrillator. These lifesaving machines are used to administer electrical shocks to a person’s heart who is experiencing ventricular fibrillation. Yet it seems like they are popping up in airports, schools, gyms, and government offices all over the country. Which means it is important to know… How to … Read More

I Got the Power! Your AED and Defibrillator Battery Guide

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The first defibrillators used in hospitals were large, bulky machines that could not be easily transported from room to room. Today, AEDs are small enough to fit in a large first aid kit, and defibrillators can be easily carried with EMT equipment or from one hospital room to another. Powered by rechargeable batteries, these devices must be regularly serviced to … Read More

Turning Up the Heat on Your Autoclave

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Imagine a world before sterilization. Picture your dentist using the same instruments in your mouth that he used in a hundred others. Or a doctor who performed surgery with instruments that had, perhaps, been boiled or dipped in alcohol. It’s no wonder so many people died of infection and disease in the early days of our country. Fortunately, those days … Read More