AED: At the Heart of Saving Lives

By July 24, 2017Medical

Understanding Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, to anyone. Because of its immediate and unexpected nature, victims are subject to the emergency care their peers or loved ones are able to provide in a moment’s notice. As one can imagine, without a thorough understanding of how cardiac arrest transpires or how to treat it, the bystander is rendered helpless in saving a life.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest, or an abrupt loss of heart function, is caused “…when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions.” A cardiac arrest victim may or may not have diagnosed heart disease and most often has a pre-existing arrhythmia or abnormal or irregular heart rhythm.

Heart arrhythmias occur when there is a malfunction in the electrical impulses within the heart causing the heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. Arrhythmias are very common and most people have experienced them at one point in their life. These mild instances of heart palpitations are oftentimes explained away with expressions like, “my heart skipped a beat” or “my heart is racing,” and require no medical diagnoses or treatment.

Alternatively, “…more than 4 million Americans, most over the age of 60, experience heart arrhythmias that may cause bothersome–sometimes even dangerous–signs or symptoms,” according to U.S. News.  For some, signs and symptoms such as shortness of breath and fainting are a clear indication of an underlying issue prompting them to seek immediate medical attention. For others, cardiac arrest is the first indication of an issue, at which point, chances of survival are greatly diminished. In fact, the American Heart Association reported in 2014 that twenty-five percent of those with EMS-treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have no symptoms before the onset of arrest.

Partners in Saving Lives: ADS, Inc. & Cardiac Science

The same American Heart Association report in 2014 accounted for 424,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States. According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation this is the equivalent to,

…the number [of people] who die [in the United States] from Alzheimers disease, assault with firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined.”

These staggering statistics support the immediate need for user-friendly, readily available AEDs in every facility. ADS, Inc. and Cardiac Science have partnered together to meet this challenge head-on.

G5 AED with Intellisense™ CPR Feedback Device

Whether you are an experienced rescuer or a first-time responder, the Powerheart G5 automated external defibrillator (AED) with Intellisense™ CPR (ICPR) feedback device provides a powerful combination of features that help rescuers provide sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims with swift, effective, and life-saving therapy.

The Powerheart G5 is the first AED to combine fully automatic shock delivery, dual-language functionality, variable escalating energy, and fast shock times to help save an SCA victim‘s life.

When CPR is required, the Intellisense™ CPR (ICPR) Feedback Device from Cardiac Science provides you with voice and text feedback to help you perform expert CPR, in accordance with 2015 AHA Guidelines.

Built using a proprietary algorithm that monitors chest compression rate and depth for effectiveness, ICPR tells you when your compression depth needs adjustment with up to four corrective prompts:

  • “Press harder and fully release” if compressions are shallow, with an emphasis on recoil
  • “Press softer” if compressions are too hard
  • “Press Faster” or “Press Slower” to ensure 100 compressions are provided to the victim

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Easy without Compromise: Perform each step of the rescue with user-paced instruction from RescueCoach™ voice and text prompts. Pads can be placed on either side of a victim’s chest, and the Powerheart G5 only provides an automatic shock when it is required. After the rescue, extract event data immediately from a USB port.
Reliable and Rugged: Know your Powerheart G5 will be ready when called upon thanks to the highly visible Rescue Ready® indicator that communicates rescue status and confirms that the internal circuitry, medical-grade battery, and rescue pads have passed daily, weekly, and monthly self-tests. In fact, a collective 4,100 hours of Rescue Ready self-tests around the world are performed each day. The durable G5 has been tested to military standards and features an IP55 rating for protection against dust and
Effective CPR Made Easy: Optional Intellisense™ CPR Feedback monitors the quality of both chest compression depth and rate. If either compression rate or depth is outside of the 2015 American Heart Association acceptable parameters, the rescuer will receive a short corrective prompt to ensure effectiveness. Simple place-and-press design ensures effective CPR.
Peace of Mind: Rest easy as the Powerheart G5 is built to last with an 8-year warranty, a strong indemnification policy, and a 4-year full operational performance guarantee on Intellisense® medical grade non-rechargeable batteries. Feel confident knowing your AED provider has pioneered AED technology for over 20 years and helped deployed a half-million Powerheart AEDs around the world.
Fluent in Two Languages: Touch a button to change the voice prompts to one of the chosen languages without restarting or delaying the rescue.

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During a tense rescue, both experienced and first-time rescuers will benefit from the Powerheart G5 with ICPR’s user-paced instruction, intuitive pad design, and automatic shock delivery to reduce the likelihood of human error. To learn more about how the product works, download the Powerheart G5 brochure. For additional information on pricing or quotes, contact a knowledgeable ADS Representative at 866-845-3012 or fill out the following form and we will be in touch with you in one business day.

Through a joint partnership, ADS was able to integrate Phokus Research Group’s trauma kit and Cardiac Science’s AED into a user-friendly first responder kit that provided the same quality of care as an EMT or a Paramedic.