Should your Church have an AED?
There are 1000s of churches around the county today. Although churches aren’t required to have a automated external defibrillator (AED), its always a good idea to have one on hand in case someone needs immediate medical assistance.
At church, you may not consider the possibility of someone going in to cardiac arrest, but in reality it can happen to anyone at any given time. You should always be prepared and have an AED on hand to be safe with a large amount of people together. At church it's not just the service, it’s the extracurricular activities held, midweek services, and even summer camps for the kids. Every year more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur in the United States. More than a quarter of these people fail to make it, because of the lack of proper medical equipment. It could be at a grocery store, school, family gathering or even a church. You never know when it can happen.
Can anyone at a church use an AED?
AEDs are made for anyone to use with or without any medical training. While using the AED, the AED itself gives you verbal instructions on what to do and how to use it in an emergency. It may sound stressful to someone who has never used or even seen an AED before, but once you push the button on the AED to start, it will walk you through from start to finish.
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