ATMs are one of the suitable locations for installing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help cardiac arrest victims.
Availability of AEDs
Coffee shops and
automated bank machines are ideal locations for installing automated external defibrillators
(AEDs) to help cardiac arrest victims.
Cardiac arrest causes
the heart to stop abruptly due to an electrical issue and considered as a
medical emergency. Prompt response to restart the heart using a defibrillator
can mean a difference between life and death. Easy access of bystanders to an automated
external defibrillator (AED) is vital.
Based on the research
conducted, it included the top suitable locations to place AEDs. This device
will provide bystanders with audio and visual instructions on delivering a shock
to restart the heart before the arrival of the paramedics. Some of these locations
include Starbucks, Tim Hortons, ATMs of large banks, Green P public parking
lots and Subway sandwich shops.
High risk of death from
There are thousands of
cases of cardiac arrest yearly where majority occur in public places or at
In the study, ATMs are
often standalone or outdoors and often available 24/7. The ATMs are universally
recognizable, thus if AEDs are paired with ATMs, it would be highly beneficial.
The study aims on getting AEDs in the right locations to make them more
accessible when needed during emergencies.
The timely use of an automated
external defibrillator (AED) can help improve the chances of survival during
cardiac emergencies. It is easy to use the device and if you want to be
prepared, you can enroll in a first aid course.
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