State Guidelines Concerning AEDs
The number of people falling victim to coronary diseases and other conditions which complicate the functioning of the heart or affect it any negative manner is increasing every day. Thousands of people fall victim to obesity and cardiovascular diseases every year and a significant number of them face death, as a result. Under such conditions, the risk of having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) also increases. Every year, more than 250,000 Americans die from SCA and this year, the figure is expected to reach another high (350,000).
What is the solution? To give a solution, one must understand the problem. The matter of concern in case of SCA is the time. With every minute’s delay, the chances of saving a person’s life decreases by 10%. It usually takes much longer for Emergency Medical Services to arrive to the rescue of the person. In such a condition, the introduction of an Automated Electric Defibrillator for usage by general public is a very helpful action. Several brands have developed various kinds of AED units for general and customized use. However, the usage of this technology is also subjected to some state laws. These laws are meant to regulate the way AED devices are used. With about 350,000 people dying every year due to cardiac arrests, a great many die because of the devices failing at the crucial time. To stop this from happening, state laws have been introduced and updated according to the need of time so that the quality of AED devices are made available to all the public and their life is not put under further risk in such a crucial situation. In 2013, federal authorities decided to make the rule strict; to keep a better check on the condition, quality and functioning of AED devices set up in public. They also aim to improve the training ratio so that more people know how to operate the device. The first set of such laws were enacted in 1997 in Florida. Following this, more additions and alterations were made in the years 2001, 2004 and 2006, up till 2013.
It is becoming increasingly important that the laws are made and strictly implemented to make sure that the AED devices are made according to the set criteria of manufacturing in order to keep the failure ratio to a minimum. Many states have adopted laws to increase the number of courses for school staff and people working in public settings like malls, government buildings, golf courses and community centers so that a wider impact of the training can be made.
The authorities hope to make a change for the betterment through state guided laws. This will also create a sense of responsibility and accountability among the manufacturers so that they don’t try to manufacture faulty products just to make higher profits. It is hoped that whatever minimum ratio of risks associated with AED are present today, they would be eliminated in the future.