Including AEDs As Part of Your Five-Star Service

By Aaron Koppelberger National Director of Service, Cintas First Aid & Safety | February 17, 2019

When checking into a hotel, guests automatically expect a clean room and smooth check-in process. And many also expect the property to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site. In fact, a recent Harris Poll found that 69 percent of Americans believe hotels should have an AED installed.

But the truth is, they're much more likely to find a 24-hour concierge and indoor pool than an AED since there is no federal mandate requiring hotels to have AEDs. Chris Chiames, former Executive Director of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, notes that in an average business traveler's day-which consists of going to the gym, dropping their children off at school, visiting the office, going to the airport, taking a plane to the meeting and checking in at the hotel-the hotel is the only place without an AED.

In the U.S., there are 350,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) each year, and 90 percent of out-of-hospital SCA events are fatal. AEDs, however, greatly improve a person's chance of survival. According to a study conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA), survival from cardiac arrest doubled when bystanders stepped in to use a publicly-available automated external defibrillator rather than wait until emergency responders arrived.

What are AEDs?

According to the AHA, the best way to effectively treat SCA is with an electrical shock delivered by a defibrillator, a device that returns the heart to normal rhythm. AEDs force an electrical current through the heart by means of pads, or electrodes, placed on the chest. This brief pulse of current calms the activity of the heart, allowing it to start beating again.

Adding AEDs to Your Reservation List

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