Correct Use of AEDs

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According to a report in Safety + Health, more than 3 in 5 Americans doubt their ability to correctly use an automated external defibrillator, while slightly more than half say they are proficient in performing CPR, according to the results of a recent survey.

In the survey of more than 2,000 adults, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of workplace first aid services and supplies provider Cintas Corp., 63 percent of respondents reported a lack of confidence in using an AED, and only 54 percent said they felt comfortable administering CPR.

Additional findings show that respondents have a stronger aptitude for other first aid and emergency preparedness basics:

  • 79 percent said they are confident they would know the proper response to a weather-related emergency such as a tornado, hurricane or earthquake;
  • 78 percent said they are confident in their ability to use a fire extinguisher; and
  • 75 percent said they are confident in their ability to administer basic first aid, such as bandaging a cut and doing the Heimlich maneuver.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 350,000 people in the United States suffer cardiac arrest each year. The majority of these out of hospital cardiac arrests occur at home.  

Use of an AED can more than double a victim’s chances of survival.  A recent study found that after public health initiatives, like HEARTSafe, individuals who received bystander CPR and early defibrillation, were more likely to survive.

Nationally, less than 1 in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and are discharged from the hospital and only 8.9% of victims survive with good neurologic function.