Posts tagged: AED training

Arch’s New AED Map Display Offers More than Directions!

Internationally mapping AED units with real-time location-specific feedback is changing the way AED program managers track their AED unit readiness programs. Large national AED program managers, ultimately responsible for overseeing their firm’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit’s readiness checks, can now use one, user-friendly screen to visually see the status of all of their equipment, internationally, by using the Arch system from Annuvia.

Arch, Annuvia’s new AED Medical Direction and Oversight program, allows AED owners of all sizes to track their AED units through a user-friendly dashboard. AEDs are color-coded and literally placed on a geo-coded map, with satellite imagery, so that AED owners can quickly check the status of their program.

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Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry Mandates AED Units – Effective 8/20/10

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry has mandated AED units for dental offices that administer anesthesia. Specifically, 234 CMR 6.15 (p. 73 of August 20, 2010 regulations) specifies the equipment and supplies that are required where local anesthesia is administered, and an AED is one of the requirements.

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Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners Adopts AED Mandate

According to Board Number 45, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, the Mississippi State Board of Dental examiners adopts a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED unit) mandate for dental offices. Regulation Number 45 reads:

“Effective July 1, 2012, all dental offices in the State of Mississippi shall be required to have a minimum of
one (1) properly functioning Automated External Defibrillator (AED), or equivalent defibrillator, on the
premises of each dental office. Each AED, or equivalent defibrillator, shall be maintained in a properly
functioning capacity at all times. Proof of the availability of a properly functioning AED, or equivalent
defibrillator, shall be made available for review at any time by any member of the Board or by any
designated agent of the Board.”

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The Darius Jones Foundation – A Mother’s Crusade to Deploy AEDs

Below is an excerpt from a letter of support written by Annuvia to Ms. Monique Bradley, the President of the Darius Jones Foundation and mother of 15-year-old sudden cardiac arrest victim Darius Jones. Ms. Bradley had the opportunity to take many paths after losing her son, but none more noble than to help prevent other mothers from living through the grief she experienced. Ms. Bradley helps remind those in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR training industry remember why we do what we do.

“Ms. Bradley,

Having been in the AED industry since its infancy, Annuvia has had the opportunity to become acquainted with many periods in which an AED unit was deployed as intended, thus resulting in preventable death. Unfortunately, however, we’ve also experienced numerous stories, such as your own, when an AED was not used. That said, your story is special and touched me like few others.

I was incredibly touched by your email and our phone call. I appreciate your candor regarding the ambitious goals you have for The Darius Jones Foundation. The story of your son’s life is truly inspiring and the way you’re bouncing back, setting out to ensure that other parents are not forced to go through the same agony you’ve faced, is equally inspiring.

Stories like yours remind us of the importance of deploying public access defibrillators. Please let us know if there are any specific things we can do to help honor your son’s name and the wonderful Foundation you’re building.

Very best.

Sincerely:

Micah Bongberg
CEO

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Healthy Schools: Wellness & AED units

Many column inches in the daily newspapers have been devoted lately to increasing the nutritional value of the food offerings in our public schools. Like it or not, nearly all of America’s students eligible for free or reduced school lunch programs now eat both breakfast and lunch at school. Effectively, the American taxpayer is responsible for two thirds of the students’ daily nutrition. This is a significant charge for all of us and the fact that we are not doing very well by these children and young adults was recognized recently by 250 nation wide “eat-ins.” In many areas these well organized slow food events did encourage people to think about the possibility of offering more local, fresh ingredients to our students on a daily basis. Certainly, wellness is a topic deserving mush more media attention. Unlike reactive solutions like prescription drugs, emergency treatment options, and health insurance overhauls, or preventative techniques like health screenings, cholesterol testing, or colonoscopies, wellness is a solution to train individuals to make positive, transformative, life-altering decisions – forever.

But what of a more pressing and immediate health issue; that of sudden cardiac arrest, an interruption in the normal heart rhythm, taking the lives of 7,000 to 10,000 school children each year. What about an organized heart-in in which cardiac screenings, CPR training, and AED Defibrillator instruction would be available for all student athletes? Of course a healthy diet is desirable, but a healthy heart is much more immediately necessary for any student engaging in vigorous physical activity.

Why limit CPR and AED training to the adults in charge of youth sports? The students themselves are much more likely to work out with peers on and off the field, thus far more likely to be closer to a victim in a sudden cardiac emergency than is the coach or referee or even the paramedic assigned to the event, if there is one.

Preparedness could easily be as much a part of sports training as are the ubiquitous push ups and crunches. The audience is already there and willing to be instructed. Because of the nature of the leisure time activities in which this age group engages, the idea of using an AED device is a natural and not to be feared. There exists a huge untapped resource of potential life savers today in our own schools. Train them to save lives today and continue to work toward providing them healthy nutrition in the longer run.

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