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Automated External Defibrillator for Shooting Clubs

A shooter goes down with a heart problem.

911 is called!

Time is of the essence...

Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack and seeking immediate medical attention may mean the difference between life and death.

  • Immediate death may be avoided if cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is begun within 4 minutes of the cardiac arrest.

  • CPR involves breathing for the person (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) and performing chest compressions to keep the blood circulating.  This provides at least a small amount of oxygen to the heart and brain.

CPR, provides temporary artificial breathing and circulation.

  • It can deliver a limited amount of blood and oxygen to the brain until a defibrillator becomes available.

However, defibrillation is the only effective way to resuscitate a victim of ventricular fibrillation.

Ventricular fibrillation is dangerous because it cuts off blood supply to the brain and other vital organs.

EMT they will tell you your chances of saving a shooter in ventricular fibrillation are slim, unless you use an Automated External Defibrillator.

Unless defibrillation can be performed within the first few minutes after the onset of ventricular fibrillation, the chances for reviving the person (resuscitation) are very poor.

For every minute that goes by that a person remains in ventricular fibrillation and defibrillation is not provided, the chances of resuscitation drop by almost 10 percent.  After 10 minutes, the chances of resuscitating a victim of cardiac arrest are near zero.

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Does your club have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be used when
a cardiac situation (cardiac arrest) takes place at your club?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable automatic device used to restore normal heart rhythm to patients in cardiac arrest. An AED is applied outside the body.  It automatically analyzes the patientís heart rhythm and advises the rescuer whether or not a shock is needed to restore a normal heart beat.  If the patientís heart resumes beating normally, the heart has been defibrillated.

The shock from a defibrillator is the most effective way to end sudden cardiac arrest, which leaves the victim breathing abnormally and unresponsive.  The HeartStart defibrillator delivers a jolt of energy equivalent to what it takes to illuminate a 150-watt light bulb for one second.

When the shock is delivered within five minutes of the sudden cardiac arrest, 50 percent of individuals survive.

Operating an AED is so simple that it can be done successfully even without formal training.

I quote from an article.

    "Ambulances typically arrive within nine minutes of a 911 call.

    Ten minutes after the sudden cardiac arrest, the patient has a one (1) percent chance of survival."

Would the response time to your club be five minutes or less?

At sporting clays courses it may take ten minutes just to know we have a problem.

A battery operated defibrillator maintained at the club may be the only hope of saving a fellow shooter.

Defibrillators are at malls, sports stadiums, schools, businesses, and at major outdoor events.  They are seldom found at a shooting range...

Anyone can follow the image instructions on the device to operate it, even middle school aged children.

DEFIBRILLATOR    -   A Must Have For All Clubs

Keep in mind, the medium age of shooters IS NOT 21 years...

Information:

  • Six minutes and counting Thumbs Up
  • Philips HeartStart Defibrillation - Flash Demonstration Thumbs Up
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Automated External Defibrillator
  • Federal Occupational Health - Automated External Defibrillator Program
  • State Laws on Heart Attacks, Cardiac Arrest & Defibrillators
  • American Red Cross - Health and Safety Services AED
  • Canada & Defibrillators

    For Sale:

  • HeartStart Home Defibrillator
  • AED Superstore
  • AED Direct
  • American AED
  • Medtronic LIFEPAK CR Plus Defibrillator
  • SAMARITAN Public Access Defibrillator

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    Sudden cardiac arrest differs from a heart attack in that itís an electrical malfunction of the heart that triggers fatally abnormal heart rhythm.

    Often, itís the first hint of heart disease and accounts for roughly 340,000 deaths outside of health care settings each year.

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