BOULDER JUNCTION, Wis., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Heart
Association (AHA) has changed the method rescuers will use to perform
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and deploy automated external
defibrillators (AEDs). Changes made to the rules of CPR by the American
Heart Association will profoundly affect the way CPR is performed. This
rule change is called "Guidelines 2005" by the AHA.
More importantly, hundreds of thousands of portable AEDs, such as those
manufactured by Cardiac Science, Defibtech, HeartSine, Medtronic Physio-
Control, Philips, Welch Allyn and ZOLL, will require updating or
reprogramming to conform to these new guidelines. In some cases, older AED
models cannot be reprogrammed to comply with the new AHA Guidelines. AEDs
have easy-to-follow audible prompts which guide rescuers during the
emergency. Devices which do not conform to the new guidelines may confuse
rescuers who have been trained under the new CPR protocols.
To help AED owners and users learn more about the new guidelines and to
facilitate the upgrade process, the AED Superstore(R) has sponsored a new
website which can be found at http://www.AEDUpgrades.com . This website is
frequently updated with the most current information available.
"The new AHA guidelines significantly change the way people will use
their AEDs and the way CPR is performed in the field," said Jonathan Dobbs,
Customer Relations Manager of the AED Superstore(R). "Among the dozens of
different models of AEDs in service worldwide, finding accurate upgrade
information can be overwhelming. The AED Superstore(R) is committed to
helping AED owners navigate the upgrade process quickly and easily."
An AED is an essential tool used during a cardiac arrest emergency.
AEDUpgrades.com is designed to educate AED users about the changes in CPR
delivery and to provide information to help them make the most of their
devices. Consumers researching the purchase of a new AED can learn if
specific models already comply with the new AHA guidelines or find
information about future availability.
AEDUpgrades.com will show defibrillator owners which models of AEDs and
AED training units may be upgraded to comply with the new guidelines. In
addition, visitors will find a wealth of current information on
availability, pricing, and instructions for upgrading their devices.
According to Dobbs, AED upgrades should be timed to coincide with
updated guidelines training from their local CPR instructor. The device
upgrade and rescuer reeducation processes are expected to take up to two
years. AED owners should consult their medical director before performing
any device revisions.
About the AED Superstore(R)
The AED Superstore(R) is a privately held subsidiary of Allied 100, LLC
of Wisconsin and is the world's largest source of automated external
defibrillators (AEDs), accessories, and AED programs to businesses,
schools, churches, homes, and individuals. For more information about the
AED Superstore(R) and its products, visit http://www.AEDSuperstore.com , or
call toll-free 1-877-AED-STAT (1-877-233-7828).
SOURCE AED Superstore