Recently I received a call from a marine services company that wants to install AEDs on their vessels. When the Captain called me he wanted to make certain the AEDs they purchased complied with the United States Coast Guard - USCG requirements.
Below is the document the Captain found on the internet and he wanted me to assist him in selecting the appropriate AED.
The posting was titled "AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) USE IN THE COAST GUARD".
First, what is an AED and how does it work? An Automated External Defibrillator or AED (also called Automatic External Defibrillator) is a portable, battery operated electronic device about the size of a laptop computer. The AED automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a victim and is able to treat the patient by an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. AEDs are designed to be simple so that anyone can use one. So simple that I often start my classes by selecting someone from the class that has never seen an AED and I ask them to demonstrate how to use an AED by following the AEDs voice instructions. To date, the youngest person to effectively demonstrate the AED in one of my classes was 9 years old.
How much does an Automated External Defibrillator cost? AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators range in price from about $1200 up to about $1700. In addition to the AED you will also want a wall mounted alarmed cabinet to prevent theft and to make the AED easy to find in the event of an emergency. AED cabinets range from $195 to $400 depending on the quality of the cabinet. Although AEDs are not inexpensive it is invaluable if it saves your life or the life of a friend, family member, customer or coworker. Please note - buying a used AED or buying an AED from a salesperson that has little or no knowledge about the AED is never a good idea. These are life saving devices – if they fail, your patient dies. Talk to an expert that has actual hands on experience using AEDs, not a telemarketer with no real world knowledge or experience.
Does The CPRSchool sell AEDs? Yes, and we will beat any advertised price on new AEDs. We also offer discounted package deals on AEDs, AED Cabinets and CPR AED First Aid Training. Contact The CPR School at 877-6-AED-CPR or 561.762.0500.
What do you mean by AED package? You are planning to purchase a life saving device so it is very important you have all of the facts and understand what you are purchasing. Our AED package will include the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Medical Authorization (prescription), rescue ready kit with razor, trauma shears, mask and gloves, AED alarmed cabinet, sign for above the AED and CPR AED training for your crew.
Once I buy the AED package is there anything else I need to purchase? Assuming that one (1) AED is adequate for the size of your vessle the above package should be everything you need. Larger boats will require additional AEDs. For larger ships you may also require additional training classes for your staff.
What are the benefits of owning an AED? Without the AED the chances of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside of a hospital setting are very small – less than 5%. However, if the AED is applied to the victim quickly their odds increase to about 70% - 90%.
Why do you need an AED program on your boat? Sudden Cardiac Arrest accounts for 13% of on-the-job fatalities. OSHA has indicated the importance of AEDs and encourages the use of these live saving devices in the workplace. With the cost of AEDs starting at just $1,200 it’s a small price to pay for saving a life.
What does OSHA indicate about AEDs? "Because the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can save the lives of workers who experience cardiac arrest while on the job, OSHA today encouraged employers to consider making this equipment available in their workplace." - US Department of Labor, Office of Public Affairs, Dec. 17, 2001
What about Federal Laws regarding the use of AEDs? The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) of 2000 is our nation's first legislation recognizing the lifesaving role played by automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The law highlights the need to make AEDs accessible to anyone who has had proper training, not just professional medical personnel. The law protects trained AED users from liability, and also protects any person who has maintained the device, provided training, tested the device or acquired it. The law also augments existing state "Good Samaritan" laws by ensuring federal liability protection for trained users and purchasers of AEDs.
Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety (CG-542) Auxiliary Division (CG-5421)
AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) USE IN THE COAST GUARD ALCOAST 484/00
R 191903Z DEC 00 ZYB FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//G-WK// TO ALCOAST BT UNCLAS //N06780// ALCOAST 484/00 COMDTNOTE 6780 SUBJ: AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) USE IN THE COAST GUARD.
A. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 201633Z SEP99/ALCOAST 096/99
1. REF A. AUTHORIZED AED USE IN THE COAST GUARD. THIS ALCOAST AUTHORIZES AN ADDITIONAL AED MODEL AND PROVIDES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT AUTHORIZATION TO USE AEDS.
2. IN ADDITION TO THE HEARTSTREAM FORERUNNER, MODEL E01, THE HEARTSTREAM FR2, WITH ECG M3860A-ABA NSN 6515-01-479-4272 IS AUTHORIZED. ALL FR2 MODELS INCLUDE A USERS GUIDE, ONE LONG LIFE LIMNO2 BATTERY PACK, AND TWO SINGLE-USE ELECTRODE PADS. AUTHORIZED ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES TO BE PURCHASED INCLUDE: HARD CARRYING CASE, BATTERY: LONG LIFE LIMNO2 FR2 AEDS M3863A, DATA CARD: FR2 AEDS M3854A, DEFIBRILLATION PADS:6 PACK DP6, FLASH CARD PCMCIA ADAPTER SDCF-05, FORERUNNERS TRAINING VIDEO 101, THE TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATION PACK M3864A. CHARGER TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATION PACK FR2 M3855A- 903.
3. THE AED IS AUTHORIZED FOR USE BY NATIONALLY REGISTERED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS (NREMT) AT THE BASIC AND INTERMEDIATE PROVIDER LEVELS AND BY MEDICAL OFFICERS. ADDITIONALLY, HEALTH SERVICES TECHNICIANS PARTICIPATING IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE, SAR OR MEDEVAC MISSIONS THAT ARE NOT NREMT-B OR I LEVEL PROVIDER'S MAY RECEIVE AUTHORIZATION, IN WRITING, FOR AED USE BY THE COGNIZANT DESIGNATED SUPERVISING MEDICAL OFFICER (DSMO) OR DESIGNATED MEDICAL OFFICER ADVISOR (DOMA). AEDS ARE ALSO AUTHORIZED FOR USE BY PERSONNEL WHO HAVE A CURRENT CPR CARD AND AN AED PROVIDERS TRAINING COURSE WITHIN THE LAST 2 YEARS. AFTER INITIAL CERTIFICATION,THOSE PERSONNEL WHO HAVE TAKEN THE AED PROVIDER COURSE ARE REQUIRED TO RE-CERTIFY EVERY 2 YEARS.
4. COMMANDING OFFICERS/OFFICERS IN CHARGE ARE AUTHORIZED TO PURCHASE THIS EQUIPMENT USING LOCAL FUNDS. 5. POC AT AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, HEARTSTREAM OPERATIONS IS LES WARD (301) 838-4789.
6. POC AT COAST GUARD HEADQUARTERS IS CAPT WIEMERS (202) 267- 2073
7. INTERNET RELEASE IS AUTHORIZED.
8. RELEASED BY RADM J. JOHNSON, ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY.
How many companies make AEDs? There are six companies that are actively selling AEDs in the Florida market. The AED companies are Medtronic Physio Control, Cardiac Science, Defibtech, Heartsine, Philips and Zoll. Please note all AEDs operate in a similar manner. The analogy I give my students is Ford vs. General Motors. If you know how to drive a Ford you are also able to drive a GM vehicle.
We already own an AED – do you sell batteries and electrode pads? Yes, if your AED needs a new battery or AED electrode pads we sell these. We can also test and inspect your AED, upgrade your AED software to the new AHA guidelines and if you wish to purchase a new make and model AED you can trade the old AED in for a new one.
We sell AED batteries and AED electrodes pads for you AED. Medtronic Physio Control CR Plus Charge-Pak 3201616-002, Medronic Physio Control Battery Pak 3005380-026, Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Battery 9146-001, Powerheart Adult Pads 9131-001, Heartsine Samaritan Battery and Pad (PadPak) Pad-Pak-01, Defibtech Lifeline AED Battery DCF-200, Defibtech AED Adult Pads Electrodes DDP-100, Philips OnSite Adult Smart Pads M5071A, Philips OnSite Pediatric/Child Smart Pads M5072A, Philips OnSite frx Standard Battery M5070A, Philips FRX Smart Pads II 989803139261, Philips FR2 Adult Defibrillator Pads 989803158211, Zoll AED Plus CPR-D Padz 8900-0800-01, Zoll AED Plus Pedi-Padz II 8900-0810-01 and Welch Allyn.
What about AED - Automated External Defibrillator Inspections, Service, Supplies and AED Program Management? We sell, service and inspect AEDs. We sell AED Batteries, electrode pads, ready kits, AED carry cases and more. Please call us for all of your AED supplies. Defibtech Lifeline Philips Onsite, HeartStart, FR2, FRX Cardiac Science Powerheart® AED G3, FirstSave Medtronic Physio Control Lifepak CR Plus and LP 500 ZOLL® AED Plus® HeartSine Samaritan
Keith Murray, owner of The CPR School in Jupiter Florida adds, "The AED that you purchase might save your life. Make certain that everyone who as access to the AED has been properly trained by a skilled instructor that has actually used CPR and AEDs in real life saving situations.” Murray, a Florida firefighter EMT, while on vacation used an AED in the Atlanta airport to save a travelers life. The victim went into cardiac arrest, one of the passengers started CPR compressions, another rescue breathing, and Murray turned on the Medtronic Physio Control AED, applied the pads to the patients chest, pressed the shock button and the AED worked. The patient started breathing and is alive today because of the quick use of an AED. Trust me – CPR and AED training is the most valuable skill you can learn. The life you save maybe a loved one.
Keith Murray is a licensed Florida EMT Firefighter who hold a masters degree and both the Florida 220 and 215 insurance licenses. With over 20 years training experience he has instructed people of all ages and backgrounds including high school and college students, professional groups, trade groups, boat captains and pilots, doctors, nurses and other medical professional and just about any other group you can imagine. Not everyone is a good instructor, and not every instructor has used an AED in real life. This unique blend of education and experience allows Mr. Murray to offer the best classes and to consults with businesses and risk and safety managers, boat captains and crew, and various industries throughout the United States and the Caribbean regarding Automated External Defibrillators (AED), CPR AED and First Aid Safety Training Classes and other risk management issues.
The CPR School can help you every step of the process from A to Z. We start by helping you find the right make and model AED. Next we help you select the right location for the AED. Then we train your crew how to use the AED. Then we crew your staff how to properly maintain and inspect the AED. And finally, if you use the AED we help you download the event data and get the defibrillator back into service. Automated external defibrillator sales, AED Program Management, AED Maintenance, AED Batteries and AED Electrode Pads, Onsite CPR, AED First Aid Safety training classes at your Florida business. Contact The CPR School at 877-6-AED-CPR or 877-623-3277
The information above is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional classroom instruction by a qualified instructor with real CPR AED experience. At minimum you should take a refresher course every 2 years.
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