Automated Defibrillators: Keeping the Family and House Safe

Statistics show that three hundred thousand people die every year due to sudden cardiac arrest in the United States alone. When combined with Canada and countries in Europe, sudden cardiac arrest becomes the cause of death for 15% of all people who die there every year, or around one in every six or seven people.

As the name denotes, sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) are often unexpected. People aside from the usual suspects (those suffering from obesity, heavy smokers and drinkers, and the like) are also at risk of SCA. There are other heart-related diseases, as well as non-heart disease related causes of sudden cardiac arrests.Not only can it occur anytime and anywhere to anyone, it’s a medical condition which requires immediate treatment. It is the heart which pumps blood into the various parts of the body, which in turn brings oxygen to those parts, the stuff that keeps our various organs and body functions working. When the heart stops pumping blood, as sudden cardiac arrest does, the affected person only has a few minutes before his or her body stops working.

That’s why an automated external defibrillator (AED) like the Philips HeartStart FR2 Defibrillator is a must for any home, especially when that is not located near a hospital or clinic, or when living in a city with horrendous traffic.

As an automated defibrillator, it has all the functions which enable non-medical professionals and paramedics to use it with ease. Relatives and housemates can now provide critical and potentially life-saving treatment to each other in the minutes before a team of paramedics arrive. In many occasions, the treatment provided in the minutes right after the sudden cardiac arrest occurs can be the difference between life and death.

The Philips HeartStart FR2 Defibrillator comes with a standard FR2 Battery pack and FR2 pads. It also has a household-friendly feature as it comes with FR2 defibrillator pads specially designed for infants and children that modify the shock delivered, taking into account the differences between the body of a child and a grown-up.