Facility Management: Life Insurance
‘Whether required or not, all tennis facilities should have an AED on hand.’
Regardless of whether having an automated external defibrillator (AED) or public access defibrillation (PAD) in your health facility is required by law, doing everything possible to prevent a fatal episode of sudden cardiac arrest is the right thing to do. In fact, the American Red Cross advocates that improved training and access to AEDs and PADs could save 50,000 lives each year.
However, time is of the essence. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, defibrillation is most effective when it is administered within 3 to 5 minutes after onset of sudden cardiac arrest. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival drops by up to 10 percent.
Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, at any time. Consider some of these options in order to make the difference between life and death. Prices vary (call for individual pricing), but plan on spending at least $1,000.
The Powerheart AED G3 Plus is the flagship Cardiac Science AED (cardiacscience .com), complete with RescueCoach and CPR metronome to pace chest compressions. The G3’s Rescue Ready technology self-checks all main AED components (battery, hardware, software and pads) daily. The unit calculates electrical impedance and if a second shock is necessary, the proprietary technology adjusts the energy to deliver an appropriate, higher level shock. The G3 has a seven-year warranty and a four-year, full-battery operational replacement guarantee. Contact: email@example.com, 262-953-3500, 800-426-0337
Defibtech Lifeline AEDs (defibtech.com) are well-suited to the fitness center environment, where both trained staff and untrained bystanders may find themselves in a lifesaving scenario. The original Defibtech AED, the Lifeline, guides a rescuer with step-by-step audio instructions. The Lifeline View is the only AED on the market that supplements audio instructions with color video, showing where to place the defibrillating pads and how to perform CPR and rescue breathing. Recognized with awards for innovative design, Defibtech AEDs are simple to use. The AED’s highly visible yellow color, easy maintenance and durability make it easy to locate in an emergency. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-333-4248
The Heartsine Samaritan PAD 300P (heartsine.com) was designed especially for use in public areas by providing a sophisticated defibrillator for adult or pediatric use, inside a lightweight (2.4 lbs.) and easy-to-operate system. It features easy-to-understand visual and voice prompts that coach the rescuer through the process. Only two buttons — “on/off” and “shock” — are required, providing straightforward operation. An indicator flashes to show the system is operational and ready for use, and the device automatically runs a self-check each week. The portable, durable unit utilizes propriety technology to assess rhythm and recommend defibrillation, if necessary. The PAD 300P, which has a 10-year warranty, combines battery and electrode pads in one cartridge, so there’s only one expiration date to monitor. Contact: email@example.com, 866-478-7463
Featuring the same advanced technology that emergency medical professionals use, yet simple to operate, the fully-automatic Physio-Control LifePak CR Plus AED (physio-control.com) is designed specifically for the first person to respond to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The unit combines an easy two-step operation (turn it on, then apply the electrode pads, no need to push a shock button), the right level of guidance, and the capability to escalate to 360 joules when needed. The LifePak offers a dual layer of security as the internal battery is kept to its optimal power level via the charger system. The unit comes with an eight-year warranty. Contact: 800-442-1142, 425-867-4000
The Philips HeartStart FRx Defibrillator (healthcare.philips.com) is designed to be easy to set up and use, in a sturdy, durable package. It is virtually ready to use; the device is pre-installed in the carrying case, and the battery and pads are pre-installed in the unit. Clear voice instructions guide the user through each step of defibrillation, including CPR coaching. The user can insert the Infant/Child key into the FRx when appropriate. When placed on the victim’s bare skin, the pads sense and adapt the defibrillator’s instructions to the user’s actions. The Quick Shock feature delivers therapy in less than 8 seconds after chest compressions. Powered by a four-year battery, the device is charged and ready. Contact: 800-225-0230
The Zoll AED Plus (zoll.com), and the new fully automatic version of the AED Plus, guide rescuers through the complete chain of survival and help all sudden cardiac arrest victims, not just those who need a shock. The AED Plus is the only AED to use easily replaceable Duracell consumer lithium batteries that can last as long as five years in stand-by mode. Zoll’s AED Plus features a CPR feedback tool that recognizes what you are doing and provides feedback. Audio and visual prompts provide real-time feedback for both the proper depth (2 inches) and rate of CPR chest compressions (100 per minute), as recommended in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-421-9655
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Cynthia Cantrell is a contributing editor of RSI magazine.