The main goal of any business owner is working to increase sales and revenues. By growing sales more people are discovering and returning to your establishment. Unfortunately, the additional customers that are flowing in and out of the business increase the chances that somebody has sudden cardiac arrest.
Currently, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Reportedly, over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. This can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and at any age. Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are an effective tool for restoring a regular heart rhythm during a sudden cardiac arrest when administered by someone with no medical background. For each minute defibrillation is delayed the chance of survival is reduced by 10%, but the average response time for first responders is 8-12 minutes. This reason alone explains why AED’s are so important.
An AED located in your establishment can save lives for a cost that is very manageable; the units start at about $1,000.00 as well as the additional training and ongoing maintenance of the device. The American Heart Association suggests you reach out and work with your local first responders in creating a plan that will work best for your establishment for when you decide to install your AED.
Like most companies, it is natural to worry about the possible liability of exposing themselves and the entire business when installing an AED. According to the American Heart Association all 50 states include the use of AEDs as part of their Good Samaritan laws. On a federal level The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2000 provides limited immunity to persons using an AED and the purchaser of the device.
Do what’s right and save lives!
Contact your insurance agent to address any questions or concerns that may arise when considering installing an AED.