DO YOU NEED AN AED?
Need Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for your school district, business, sports club or college? Whether you have the funds or not, WWPF is ready to help.
Who We Play For (WWPF), alongside some great partners, has led the charge in Florida and nationally to make Secondary Prevention Programs (CPR and AED training) a part of every school and business in the nation.
Through dozens of local, state, and national laws, WWPF has educated millions on the immense public health crisis that is SCA. This includes helping to train hundreds of thousands in CPR and placing thousands of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Currently, there is another national AED Bill, HR 6523, making its way through Congress.
Led by Shawn Sima, father of a Sudden Cardiac Death Survivor, Who We Play For has launched a national partnership with Zoll Medical Corporation. WWPF is thrilled to now be able to distribute AEDs and will use ALL funds generated from our AED Placement program to support heart screenings and cover the cost of kids who cannot afford to be screened.
For more information about our upcoming AED Placement Program, please email us at email@example.com.
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An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, electronic portable device that can check for an abnormal heart rhythm and, if needed, deliver an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). According to the American Heart Association, AEDs increase the chance of surviving SCA by 50%. There are studies that show if an AED is placed on a student under age 18 within 3 minutes, there is an 89% chance of SCA survival.
Anyone trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can use an AED. Formal training is not required; however, the American Heart Association recommends an individual be trained in both.
An AED is designed to be simple and used by people with little or no training. Upon turning on the AED, it will begin coaching the user through the event using audible prompts and visual cues, such as lights on physical diagrams, or even a video screen on some AEDs like the ZOLL AED 3 model that we sell.
No. When a person experiences cardiac arrest, an AED will improve the chances of restarting the heart, but CPR will help keep oxygen flowing to the brain. With AEDs, CPR is still needed, starting with determining whether a person is unconscious, not breathing, or without a pulse.
No. According to studies, only 50% of SCA victims will need a Shock with an AED. The AED treats only a heart in ventricular fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm. In cardiac arrest without ventricular fibrillation, the heart does not respond to electric currents. In such cases, the patient needs high quality CPR. The AEDs sold by Who We Play For have built in CPR coaching built into every one of them.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved guidelines for manufacturing and selling AEDs. In some cases, the FDA may require a physician’s prescription. Who We Play For will assist you if you decide to purchase an AED.
Almost anywhere people gather, an AED should be within 2 minutes. All first-response vehicles should have an AED. This includes ambulances, fire engines and law enforcement vehicles. AEDs should also be placed in all fitness centers, public swimming pools, buildings with any occupancy, schools, recreation parks, all athletic programs and, especially in our schools.
AEDs should be maintained according to manufacturer’s guidelines and tested after each use and monthly. Who We Play For offers monitoring systems that help monitor your machines for rescue readiness.