Why implement a PAD Program?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone at any time at any place. According to OSHA, 13% of all workplace fatalities result from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Some of the benefits of implementing a Public Access Defibrillation Program
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in America and in the workplace (1,000 people a day)
- Only effective way to save a life is to provide a shock from a defibrillator within three minutes of collapse (as recommended by OSHA and American Heart Association)
- It has become a Standard of Care for companies to have AEDs accessible to lower their overall risk management portfolio.
- Any investment a company makes in their people is not just investing in their career, but in the success and vitality of your business. Protect your number 1 asset…your employees.
About 295,000 people suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year in the United States. Only 7-8.5% of people suffering from SCA SURVIVE! This is more than the number who die from AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and assault with firearms, breast cancer, colon cancer, fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides COMBINED!
In fact, the number of people who die each year from SCA is seven times the number of those who die from breast cancer. The only “cure” for SCA is an electrical shock administered by an AED. By administering a shock with a defibrillator within two minutes of collapse, the chances of survival of SCA are increased by 90%. The chance of surviving SCA with on help is 5%. Waiting for EMS to respond is not enough.
So what are the down sides of having an AED program? There are NONE! Recent court cases show not having a PAD program may even pose a greater liability. Many corporations have actually been sued for wrongful death and negligence for not being having a PAD program in place. In fact, there are Laws to protect companies and the person administering and or possessing an AED. The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2000 and the Good Samaritan Protection Act regarding AEDs state that “the act establishes protections from civil liability arising from the emergency use of the device and any person who uses or attempts to use an AED device on a victim of perceived medical emergency is immune from civil liability for any harm resulting from the use or attempted use of such service and in addition, any person who acquired the device is immune from such liability.”
Protecting your company and your assets is easy. Chesapeake AED Services is knowledgeable, professional, and has assisted companies in implementing PAD programs and training nationwide. We are the East Coasts largest training facility for the American Heart Association as well as a CORE PARTNER and Authorized Distributor for Physio Control Life Pak AED’s. Physio Control, the leader in defibrillation, is the brand that 75% or all EMS/Fire professionals use, know, and trust. Every AED they develop is clinically validated and backed by science.