Let’s sprinkle our communities with AEDs. We want what Cher sang about oh so many years ago: we want to ensure ‘the beat goes on’.

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. This year, over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac. Sudden cardiac death can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age.

On average, it takes between 8-12 minutes for a first responder to arrive after 911 has been called. For each minute a heart is in cardiac arrest, without an electrical shock known as defibrillation, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%. We are losing people we love not based on technology, but on timing. It is heartbreaking and horrifying in equal measure.

Thankfully, there is good news. We know Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be treated most effectively by a combination of CPR, to keep the oxygen flowing throughout the body, and Defibrillation. AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. It is a medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, delivers an electrical shock (defibrillation) which helps the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

AEDs are easy to use and come with simple, often audio, instructions. Even those with no medical background can operate and AED. Time is of the essence. AEDs save precious minutes and therefore, save precious lives.

Not all states mandate AEDs be placed in public spaces. Illinois does have a mandate. If you live in a state with a mandate for the placement of AEDs, it is a potentially life-saving habit to note where the AEDs are located when you enter public buildings. Commit to memory the placement of AEDs in your local gym, stores and office buildings. You just might save a life one day.

But what if cardiac arrest happens at home, like most do? Why don’t we all have AEDs at home? The answer to that question is usually cost. Cost is a huge factor in why we don’t all have AEDs on the ready. And where in the world do you pick up an AED, anyway?

The Max Schewitz Foundation is proud to partner with One Beat a company which provides discounted AEDs for non-profits. We would LOVE to facilitate the connection between The Max Schewitz Foundation friends and a discounted AED for those who would like one at home.

If you are interested in purchasing an AED at a discounted price, contact Jeff Petak at One Beat CPR + AED. His number is 954.257.8311. You can also email Jeff at jeff@onebeatcpr.com. Please reference The Max Schewitz Foundation so he knows ‘you’re with us’.

Let’s do this! Let’s sprinkle our communities with AEDs to ensure ‘the beat goes on!

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