The Latest Issue of LTC Connection | July 2017
Feature | Is your facility prepared with an AED?
Over 350,000 people suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year in the U.S. Only 10% of them survive. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes without warning affecting not only the residents in your facility—but the staff and visiting family. If defibrillation does not begin in the first 3-4 minutes, the results could be deadly. Even worse, after 5 minutes, and every minute thereafter, an individual loses 10 percent of their brain function from loss of oxygen.1 Having an AED unit readily available on each unit in your facility can aid in increasing the survival rate for SCA events from 10% to 70%.

Knowing when and how to perform CPR and use an AED can make the difference between life and death for someone suffering cardiac arrest. The Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator is the first and only AED available without a prescription. It is designed to be the easiest to set up and the most reliable defibrillator available. Like all HeartSmart Defibrillators, it can be used to treat infants and children as well as adults. Every minute without a defibrillator (or AED) decreases a victim’s chance of survival, but with your help you can give someone a fighting chance to survive.

To learn more about the Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator, contact your territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at

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