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Automated External Defibrillator Program

Over 200,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest every year. Up to 50,000 of these deaths could have been prevented if an automated external defibrillator (AED) had been available and someone had initiated the Cardiac Chain of Survival, immediately at the time of the emergency.

About the size of a laptop computer, an AED is a computerized device that analyzes the heart rhythm and prompts a rescuer to deliver an electrical shock if needed. When AEDs are used in conjunction with CPR, they can increase survival rates between 50 and 80 percent.

AEDs really do save lives!
Bob Schriever

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FOH provides a comprehensive AED program that includes employee AED training and the required medical oversight, as a physician’s prescription is needed in order to purchase most AEDs.

FOH’s package of AED services ensure that:

  • Programs are based upon best practices and current standards of care.
  • AED responders are appropriately trained and confident in their skills.
  • Each cardiac event tracing and subsequent response is reviewed by a qualified physician for quality assurance.

Among the services FOH provides are:

The most beneficial AED program is one that not only can provide an Automated External Defibrillator device, but also integrates this life saving equipment into a comprehensive program that includes clinical expertise and quality assurance to assure the highest level of responder preparedness.

  • Click here for the American Heart Association 2008 “New Compression Only” guidelines
  • Click here for the Link to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
  • Click here for Changes in CPR/AED Guidelines 2006
  • Click here for Updated CPR Guidelines for Training Programs
  • Click here for AHA 2005 International Consensus on CPR and ECC Science with Treatment Recommendationss
  • Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions about FOH's Automated External Defibrillator program
  • Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions about the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) guidelines for public access to defibrillation programs in Federal facilities.
  • Click here for the official HHS Guidelines on establishing an AED program

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