With over 450,000 cardiac related deaths per year in the United States, the likelihood of a cardiac emergency occurring at your hotel, theme park, cruise, restaurant, pub, or nightclub is very real. During sudden cardiac arrest, the response time to provide emergency medical treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Without prompt treatment of CPR and defibrillation from an AED, 95% of cardiac arrest emergencies will result in death. Because the response time of emergency medical professionals does not always fall within the time necessary to prevent death, managers can provide life-saving treatment to cardiac arrest victims by implementing AED programs at their facilities.
Because sudden cardiac arrest can occur at any time, managers need to be prepared to provide life-saving treatment to their guests or clients. Whether you work at a hotel, restaurant, or cruise line, you need to ensure the safety of your clients by planning for all types of emergencies. By providing AEDs in common areas such as lobbies, meeting rooms, banquet halls, and fitness centers, hospitality industry professionals can help prevent unnecessary deaths related to sudden cardiac arrest.
The Life-Saving Importance of AEDs in the Hospitality Field
- Defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival to 70 percent. Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent.
- Calling 911 is necessary but the wait for first responders may take too long. The average call-to-shock time in a typical community is nine minutes.
- AEDs are becoming the hotel and hospitality industry standard, with hotels implementing AED programs at a growing rate. The sheer law of numbers makes the chance of SCA occurring in a hotel or fitness center very real. With an AED program in place you are prepared.
- With AEDs becoming common safety devices, hotels, and resorts could be at risk for not having an AED on site.
- Leading hotels and resorts such as the Sheraton Hotel are part of a growing number of hotel chains (including Starwood, Best Western, and Wyndham Vacation Properties) that partner with American AED to provide life-saving AEDs.