If you suffer a heart attack in a public place, an AED may be the best
chance of saving your life. But, what if the AED has no batteries?
A new study of 1,150 deaths related to AED failure has found than almost
one-quarter of these deaths are caused by battery problems. The study
conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona was published in the
Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Lawrence A. DeLuca and his team looked at reports of 41,000 adverse
events reported in AEDs over the past 15 years. While battery problems
were a leading cause of AED failure, problems with wiring and pads were
of equal concern.
Causes of AED Failure:
- Battery/power failure: 23.2%
- Pad or connector problems: 23.7%
The study was inspired by DeLuca's own experience. He was on vacation
at a resort when another guest went into cardiac arrest. DeLuca grabbed
the AED and tried to administer rescue shocks. However, as soon as the
machine started to charge, it went dead. Although the doctors ran to get
another AED, it was too late. The man died. DeLuca, a professor of emergency
medicine, blames AED battery failure.
Quick treatment with an AED is essential for surviving cardiac arrest;
the likelihood of restarting the heart by 7 percent to 10 percent every
minute increases. AEDs and their batteries should be checked regularly
to ensure that they are in working order in the event of an emergency.
If you have lost a loved one to AED failure in Florida, contact Florida
heart attack injury lawyerCraig Goldenfarb at (561) 600-5605.