Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in adults over 40 in the US. Each year, more than 300,000 people experience some form of sudden, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Of these, nine out of ten will die. Each minute that goes by without emergency intervention by a bystander, a person's likelihood of surviving SCA decreases by ten percent. While beginning CPR as soon as possible increases the likelihood of survival, many people in SCA benefit from an electrical shock to the heart that is delivered by an automated external defibrillator (AED). These self-contained machines are designed for the layperson rescuer and can increase the likelihood of survival after SCA by as much as 40 percent.
Even though AEDs come ready to use and equipped with electrode pads that are necessary for administering the shock, AED responder kits are designed to make rescue efforts safer for the rescuer and more effective for the victim. Each kit comes equipped with rubber gloves to protect rescuers from bodily fluids that may carry harmful bacteria or disease. They also include an easy-to-use CPR mask to limit mouth to mouth contact with the victim. Scissors are included to cut away clothing that would inhibit contact with the AED electrode pads and a razor shaves excessive amounts of body hair that would prevent the pads from achieving direct contact with the victim’s skin. Many kits also include biohazard bags, anti-microbial wipes, eye splash guards and a moist towelette.
While it is sometimes impossible to predict who will suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest, AED responder kits ensure that those who intervene on behalf of victims will be afforded every protection possible. Likewise, every necessity for emergency intervention is in one easy-to-locate, convenient pouch.