October 4, 2010- Hank Constantine, Director of Marketing for AEDs at ZOLL, was featured in this month’s issue of ISHN, speaking about the most important feature of an AED. As Hank put it, “It may seem counter-intuitive, but the last thing you need to worry about when purchasing an automated external defibrillator (AED) is its shock quality.” Hank focuses on the lay rescuer, and how to give him or her the confidence and courage to act swiftly and decisively. That response depends on preparation and training, which in turn depends on having an AED program in place. Hank also discusses the role of AED programs, which must support both the AED itself as well as those who will be using it. A comprehensive AED program will ready the rescuer, providing training on both the AED and CPR; assess the AEDs, providing maintenance and tracking; and let others know the availability and location of AEDs on the premises. Read the complete ISHN AED program article.
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