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What states require schools to have AEDs?

Sydney Hildebrandt


As of April 2018, there are thirty-eight (38) states that require CPR education for all students before high school graduation.1  That’s great news, but what about AED education? If CPR is performed properly until EMS arrives, you can increase a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) chances of survival to 25 to 35%! However, an AED can increase the victim’s chances of survival to 90%!2 Teaching our students how to administer CPR and use an AED can save more lives and lead to a more prepared future.


Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to ANYONE, at ANYTIME, and ANY AGE. While SCA is not preventable, Sudden Cardiac Death can be avoided if SCA is treated properly and quickly with the use of an AED. Do you know if your school is required to have an AED by law?


These states require schools to have at least one AED on school grounds3:













New Jersey

New York

North Dakota




Rhode Island

South Carolina





If you have any questions about CPR, AEDs, or SCA give us a call at 855-873-8503, leave us a comment down below, or email us at




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The Importance of Infant CPR

Sydney Hildebrandt


It’s a scenario we all hope we never have to take part in. However, if a baby’s life is at risk you should know how to respond. Although you may have taken a CPR class for adults and children, CPR for infants is different due to their small and delicate bodies. Please note that these directions apply to infants less than one year of age.


If the baby is gagging or coughing and having trouble breathing, quickly assess:


Is the blockage partial or complete?


  • Partial – air is still flowing in and out of lungs around the foreign object


NEVER perform a finger sweep because it could push the object farther down the baby’s throat


  • Complete – no air is flowing in or out of lungs – their face might change color and they will not be able to make noise.


You’ll need to take action and here is how it’s done.


Step 1 – Try dislodging the object with back blows and chest thrusts for two minutes

  • Back Blows – lay baby face down on your forearm. Use the heel of one hand and give five firm back blows between shoulder blades.
  • Chest Thrusts – lay baby face up on your forearm. Place two fingers in the center of the chest and compress the breastbone five times.

Step 2 – After two minutes of care, check for breathing. If infant is not breathing deliver two rescue breaths. Use your mouth to make a complete seal over the infant’s mouth and nose, then blow in for one second to make the chest clearly rise.

Step 3 – Call 911 and follow their instructions.


If baby becomes unconscious and does not respond to rescue breaths begin infant CPR:


Step 1 – Kneel beside the child or baby.

Step 2 – Use 2 fingers to deliver 30 quick compressions that are each about 1.5 inches deep.

Step 3 – Give 2 rescue breaths.

Step 4 –Continue these CPR steps until you see obvious signs of life, like breathing, or until an AED is ready to use, another trained responder or EMS professional is available to take over.


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If you have any questions about CPR, AEDs, or SCA give us a call at 855-873-8503, leave us a comment down below, or email us at



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How to raise SCA awareness in your school

Sydney Hildebrandt


The knowledge that children learn in the years leading up to graduation is meant to prepare them for the world that lies ahead. Though there are many important skills that are learned before graduating, saving a life is the most important. Wouldn’t you think? SCA affects about 16 people under the age of 18 everyday!1 However, only 17 states require AEDs to be present in schools! That just doesn’t add up. Kids nationwide are learning life savings skills like CPR and how to use an AED. Does your child know how to save a life? Better yet, is your child’s school prepared to answer to SCA? If you answered “no” to either of those questions we have some ways you can raise awareness in your school!



You can make a difference by doing the following to raise SCA awareness:

  • Organize a class – with the help of your local EMS department a simple class on The Chain of Survival will resonate with both students and faculty


  • Talk to administration – Adding a CPR course to health curriculum will make understanding this life saving skills necessary to pass


  • Invite a guest speaker – An EMT or nurse will be able to explain the importance of having an AED and early CPR if a student or faculty member were to fall victim to SCA


  • Organize a fundraising event – Most schools are hesitant about purchasing an AED because of the lack of money, but you can help mitigate this hesitation by reaching out to your community to help supply the funds


  • Talk to safety coordinator – Even if your school has AEDs they might not be up-to-date. Find out if the proper protocol is being followed so that the AEDs are rescue ready in the event of an emergency.



If you have any questions about CPR, AEDs, or SCA give us a call at 855-873-8503, leave us a comment down below, or email us at




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Automated vs. Automatic

Sydney Hildebrandt

You may have already an AED, or it could be you have considered placing a lifesaving AED in your organization.  But do you know what AED stands for?  AED is an acronym for  Automated External Defibrillator. It’s a common misperception that the A stands for automatic rather than automated.  We’re going to explain the difference!


Automatic means a device operates without assistance. In other words, nothing is required from the operator to make the device function.

Example: A driver does not have to shift gears when using an automatic transmission in a vehicle.  Of course a driver using  a manual transmission will shift gears manually.1


Automated places more emphasis on the use of a device to do the work that used to be done without that device.

Example: Fewer accountants are necessary in corporations because billing has been automated.1



A defibrillator is automated for a few reasons:


  1. The paddles that hospitals rub together before placing on a victim of cardiac arrest are replaced with pads that any lay person can place on a victim’s chest with the help of adhesion gel.


  1. The different selections made before shocking a victim is replaced by the AED’s computer algorithms that detects the heart rhythm.


  1. The paper printed out of a defibrillator taking note of the EKG is replaced with the ability to download it straight from the device onto a computer.



If you have any questions about AEDs, give us a call at 855-796-6384, leave us a comment down below, or email us at




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National Nutrition Month

Sydney Hildebrandt


March is National Nutrition Month, and it is all about educating yourself on nutrition! The campaign focuses on the importance of healthy food choices and creating exercise habits. 1NNM began in March 1973 as National Nutrition Week delivering education on nutrition and promoting the profession of dietetics. 1In 1980 the week-long observance was extended to a month in response to increased public interest.

Not sure how to observe the month of national nutrition? We’re here to help! Here are some fun ideas to celebrate health!

  1. Host a healthy recipe party
  2. Organize a food donation for a local food pantry
  3. Try a new fruit and vegetable each week of NNM
  4. Plant your own garden
  5. Take a trip to a local farm or farmer market
  6. Give up processed foods for the month of March

If you have some fun ideas that you’d like to share, leave us a comment down below!




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7 heart healthy meals this winter

Sydney Hildebrandt














Bean Chili – Warm up with this heart healthy chili on those cold gloomy winter days


Beef Stew – Just like mom used to make!


Baked Potato – A great way to lower your blood pressure if it’s not smothered in butter


Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup – Cuddle up with this rich and warming soup!


Zucchini Noodle Lasagna – When you’re looking for some good comfort food – try this!


Carrots Muffins – Enjoy this heart healthy pick-me-up


Moroccan Chickpea Tagine – Try something new for dinner!


Find out more on heart healthy food by doing your own research and checking your facts. Enjoy snuggling up with the ones you love this winter and may your heart always be healthy!


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Can I use an AED on a pregnant woman?

Sydney Hildebrandt

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to ANYONE, at ANYTIME. Approximately 360,000 people a year die from this. That’s more 1,000 per day! This statistic includes all types of people. Yes – even pregnant women. SCA does not discriminate and you should treat a pregnant woman as any other patient that falls victim to SCA.


According to the American Heart Association, responders that are attempting to rescue a mother suffering from SCA should not be concerned about harming the fetus by doing chest compressions or by using an AED. However, waiting around for EMS to arrive will greatly decrease the chances for survival for both the mother and child.1


After starting hands-only CPR, having someone retrieve the AED, have a fellow bystander call 911 and let them know that the victim is indeed pregnant. This will allow their team to act fast if an emergency C-section needs to be performed upon their arrival. If you do end up reviving the mother, place her on her left side to allow blood flow to the heart improving blood flow to the child.


Learn how to perform CPR and use an AED today! You might save someone’s life! If you have any questions about CPR or SCA give us a call at 855-873-8503, leave us a comment down below, or email us at





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OSHA Regulations and AEDs

Sydney Hildebrandt


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the duty of assuring safe and sanitary working conditions for men and woman. As a part of the US Department of Labor, OSHA enforces standards by providing training and assistance. The main priority of the OSHA inspection is to monitor hazardous situations in which death or serious physical harm could occur. Located in OSHA 3185-09N 2003 are the ways that OSHA believes survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can be attained.


Reasons for AEDs in the workplace:

  • 5% of cardiac arrests happen at work
  • Waiting for the EMS results in only 5-7% survival rate
  • SCA can only be cured with an electric shock
  • Employees can be easily trained to save a life


Although OSHA standards do not specifically address Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), they do address exposures to first-aid hazards. OSHA provides information regarding occupational risk factors and the use of AEDs in the workplace in order to raise SCA awareness.


If you are interested in keeping your facility rescue ready and getting a site assessment  you can always leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375, or email us at


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Can Extreme Cold Affect an AED?

Sydney Hildebrandt


An AED is a device with the ability to save lives! Similar to other electronic devices, an AED should not be left in temperatures below 32°F or above 122°F because of the computer-like parts it contains. Since we are in the coldest months of the year, it is very common for AED left out in the cold to start beeping because they have become too cold. Low temperatures can adversely affect the functionality of the AED pads as well as the electronic components of the device.


During the colder months we receive a handful of calls about a beeping device in which all accessories are up-to-date and the AED is still under warranty. In these situations, we advise our customers to bring the device indoors to thaw the accessories out. If this does not help, the manufacturers tech support will need to be called. While most AEDs are made for rough use and can withstand the elements, it’s still important to keep your device within the recommended temperature range provided by the manufacturer. To avoid your AED being unprepared for a rescue:


  • Store your AED inside for the night
  • If you do not have a temperature-controlled environment and you are looking for a cabinet solution, AED Brands now has a line of cabinets that can keep your AED warm or cool (depending on your environment) and prepared for a rescue!


If you still have questions about your AED, you can always leave us a comment, give us a call at 800-580-1375, or email us at

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How do you dispose of old AED supplies?

Sydney Hildebrandt

Do you find that when replacing your AED supplies you are unsure how to dispose of the old supplies? Your AED, and its accessories, should be disposed of according to state and federal guidelines, through an authorized recycling facility. We’ll break down what needs to happen to each supply…


  • AED electrodes (or pads)

AED electrodes are made of non-hazardous material and can be simply disposed of in a trash can like regular waste.


  • AED Batteries

AED batteries are considered hazardous waste material – they contain lithium sulfur dioxide – and need to be recycled.   When lithium batteries are mistakenly thrown away, pressure or heat can cause them to spark and start extremely dangerous fires1. Due to this, ground transportation must be used when shipping batteries to have them recycled.


  • AEDs

AEDs are electronic devices that contain delicate parts like circuit boards and must be properly recycled.  Give us a call at (800) 580-1375 and we can direct you to the proper place to send your AED to be recycled.



“How do I properly recycle my batteries and AED?” is a great and common question! You can contact your local emergency medical services, contact the AED manufacturer, or use national recycling programs. Here are some you can look into:




We commend you for your effort to keep our earth clean and green! If you have any questions about AED donations, old but not expired AED supplies, or a question about the items you plan on recycling, give us a call at (800) 580-1375, leave us a comment down below, or email us at







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