Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ZOLL AED Plus


The ZOLL AED Plus is an automated external defibrillator created to aid in situations where SCA (sudden cardiac arrest) strikes at random. The ZOLL AED Plus delivers the same efficiency and functionality as the professional equipment that medical personnel use every day in emergency situations.

With the ZOLL AED Plus, the rescuer can easily follow on-screen prompts and voice commands that show them exactly what to do. Even someone that is completely unfamiliar with medical technology can use this device in dire situations. The device gives clear instructions to the user, who is able to deliver a shock if the device determines that it is necessary.

The accompanying CPR-D Padz or Stat-Padz II are used in conjunction with the ZOLL AED Plus to easily demonstrate how to prepare the SCA victim for treatment. A feedback system is also included in the device that keeps up with the rescuer in real time to let them know how effective their CPR performance is. With an internal metronome and a helpful screen display, it's easy for the rescuer to know whether they need to modify the pace of their chest compressions.

The ZOLL AED Plus comes with a number of accessories that have long shelf lives including DPR-D Padz or Stat-Padz II, a soft carrying case, a CPR/AED rescue kit, and more.


The ZOLL AED Plus is currently  $1699.00 with free shipping on www.heartsmart.com.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AEDs in Sports


 Athletes are typically in great shape. While it might seem unthinkable that sports could be a cause for heart failure in athletes, the truth is that heart failure in sports can happen for a number of reasons. An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a necessity in this scenario.

A growing number of sports venues are investing in AEDs. The reason is simple: an AED is the most efficient way to successfully provide immediate emergency medical care to an individual experiencing a cardiac event. In sports, heart failure, or cardiac arrest can occur due to an undiagnosed heart condition or trauma. When an athlete's heart stops beating, immediate care is needed to stimulate the heart's electrical conduction.

In an emergency situation where an athlete's heart has stopped beating, the best way for bystanders to respond is y contacting emergency services and then using an AED. These portable, lightweight devices can be used by anyone who can follow the simple instructions. In the event of spontaneous cardiac arrest, coaches, other players or spectators can easily use the AED to detect if defibrillation is necessary, and attach the electrodes, follow the given commands, and determine if defibrillation is necessary.

AEDs in sports make it possible to defibrillate the heart of an athlete who is suffering cardiac arrest. This method is the fastest, simplest, most reliable way to accomplish defibrillation on the field, at the court or in the rink. AEDs have been a standard in the medical field for some time, being used in paramedics, hospitals and doctor's offices. Now, athletic associations are seeing the need for AEDs in sports.

Large sports venues now have AEDs, but small sports groups are also using them. High school teams, for example, have seen the importance of having an AED on hand. In Rohnert Park, California, an eight year old boy suffered cardiac arrest during a baseball game. He was up to bat, and the pitcher threw the ball. The boy was unable to hit the ball; instead, the baseball hit him on the left side of his chest and he fell down, unresponsive. He'd suffered from commotio cordis, or cardiac arrest caused by trauma. If an AED had not been present that day, the boy would have succumbed to his injuries in minutes. Fortunately, an AED was used and he survived.


At Heartsmart.com, we understand the need for AEDs in sports. Young athletes and professionals alike deserve the security of having an AED present where they play. If you are interested in learning how your sports team or venue can get an AED, please contact us for details.