Did an AED Save Damar Hamlin’s Life?

Did an AED Save Damar Hamlin’s Life?

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Damar Hamlin Makes 'Remarkable' Improvements

The unfortunate reality is, whenever AEDs are in the news, it’s because a terrible event has occurred.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of America’s most prolific killers, claiming the lives of over 1,000 people a day. Damar Hamlin, thankfully, appears to be winning the most important game of his life.

Athletes are used to being judged by a plethora of statistics and beating the odds. This undoubtedly will be the underdog victory of his life and Damar Hamlin is reported to be making ‘remarkable‘ strides towards doing just that.

By restarting the heartbeat, the AED most definitely played a major part in giving Hamlin a fighting chance.

What Role did the AED Play During Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest?

Hamlin’s uncle told reporters his nephew had to be resuscitated twice. 

During cardiac arrest, the heart is no longer able to effectively pump blood to the body. Without timely intervention, this can lead to brain damage and death. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that can be used to restart the heart in cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

If the AED determines that the person’s heart is in a shockable rhythm, it will prompt the user to deliver a shock to the person’s chest using the AED’s defibrillation pads. The shock is designed to stop the abnormal rhythm and allow the heart to return to its normal rhythm.

Why did the First Responders use both CPR and the AED?

CPR is a lifesaving technique that involves chest compressions and rescue breaths. The chest compressions help to circulate blood to the body, while the rescue breaths provide the person with oxygen. Together, CPR and AEDs can help to improve the person’s chances of survival and reduce the risk of brain damage.

Using CPR and an AED as soon as possible after a cardiac arrest can make a significant difference in the outcome for the person experiencing the cardiac arrest. Even if you have never learned CPR or used an AED before, you can still make a difference. It is never too late to learn these lifesaving skills and be prepared to help someone in need. So, it is essential to learn CPR and how to use an AED in order to save lives during a cardiac arrest.

Learn more about the Chain of Survival.

Advocating for AEDs

A major part of what we do is advocate for the widespread deployment of AED devices. Oftentimes, we are asked who should purchase an AED and the simple answer is, wherever people gather.

As we have recently seen, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone, at any time, and often with little warning. SCA is a leading cause of death worldwide, and timely access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) can significantly affect the outcome for someone experiencing SCA.

Advocating for the availability of AEDs in public places can help to ensure that they are readily accessible in the event of an emergency. Schools, workplaces, sports facilities, and other public gathering places are just a few examples of locations where having an AED on hand can save a life.

By raising awareness and advocating for the availability of AEDs, we can work together to help prevent tragedies and save lives.


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