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Automatisierte externe Defibrillatoren retten Leben, wenn Sie sie verwenden

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On February 20, 2024, fate was on Billy Frolick’s side as he collapsed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. Luckily, Dr. Lauren Westafer, a physician, was at a nearby gate awaiting a connecting flight.

It was Friday the 13th of May 2022. Westafer, who works at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, had just exited the restroom when she heard what sounded like snoring nearby and saw a flight attendant rushing away from her gate. She followed the sound and found a man lying on the ground with agonal breathing – indicating a life-threatening condition like cardiac arrest.

Realizing the urgency, Westafer immediately sought out an AED – an automated external defibrillator designed for such emergencies.

The flight attendant mentioned there was no AED at the airport. Frustrated, Westafer insisted they find one as all U.S. airports are mandated to have AEDs for public safety. Shortly after, the flight attendant returned with an AED.

Automated external defibrillators differ from hospital defibrillators and provide clear, step-by-step instructions for use. They are crucial in determining if a patient requires a shock during a cardiac emergency.

The AED indicated a shock was necessary for Frolick, giving him the best chance at survival. Despite sustaining injuries during CPR, Frolick showed signs of life, showcasing the importance of quick access to an AED.

Once paramedics arrived and connected Frolick to a heart monitor, his heartbeat returned to a normal rhythm. The availability of an AED played a crucial role in saving Frolick’s life.

Dr. Lauren Westafer (left) and Billy Frolick

Sadly, only about 10% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases result in survival in the U.S., underscoring the critical importance of AEDs in public places.

Studies indicate that communities with laws mandating AEDs in locations like gyms show higher rates of AED use during cardiac emergencies. Training individuals on AED location and use could further increase survival rates.

Despite challenges like bystander hesitation, having an AED readily available significantly improves the chances of intervention and shock delivery in critical situations.

Following his recovery from a heart attack, Frolick has become an advocate for AED awareness, emphasizing their vital role in saving lives. By educating the public and increasing AED accessibility, more lives can be saved in emergency situations.

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