SOS Life Saving Equipment
For over 35 years, responders in business and industry have used SOS Technologies emergency oxygen units. As pioneers in the development of emergency oxygen equipment, SOS continues as the leader in the creation of oxygen delivery systems and emergency response training programs. The SOS Technologies portable emergency Standard Unit, Therapy Unit, Trauma Unit and Trauma Bag Unit are the most advanced and reliable first responder devices for the work place.
WHY IS EMERGENCY OXYGEN SO IMPROTANT DURING AN EMERGENCY?
Life-threatening emergencies are usually accompanied by low oxygen levels (not enough oxygen supply to the brain and heart). Within a few minutes, the brain could begin to die. Low oxygen levels to the heart may lead to heart attack. After calling 911 opening the airway, breathing (CPR) with emergency Oxygen is the next step in the Chain of Survival.
WHO NEEDS OXYGEN?
ANY -- victim of life -threatening illness or injury - without exception! SOS Trama Units
OXYGEN AND AUTOMATED DEFIBRILLATION
With the rapidly increasing deployment of Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) into the workplace, the role of Emergency Oxygen use before the defibrillator arrives must be emphasized. The American Heart Association's science is clear that in acute ventricular fibrillation the ideal immediate life-saving treatment is rapid defibrillation. It is likely that the AED will have to be retrieved from a location other than that of the victim. During the delay, effective CPR gives the victim the best chance for survival when the AED arrives. The use of Emergency Oxygen coupled with the rescue breathing barrier mask greatly enhances oxygen levels to the victim, and the effectiveness of CPR until the AED arrives.
SOLUTIONS FROM SOS TECHNOLOGIES
In the event that the defibrillation attempt is successful, providing the reviving victim supplemental oxygen is the single most important first aid contribution to preventing re-fibrillation. it should be maintained until the next level of care is rendered. (American Heart Association Guidelines 2000)
When is defibrillation needed?
Defibrillation is used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) simply means that the heart unexpectedly stops pumping effectively. Sudden cardiac arrest is a common cause of death in adults. SCA is unpredictable, striking en, women, young and old. Many SCA victims have no prior warning signs or symptoms. The most common cause of SCA in adults is an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). VF results from very fast, unorganized electrical activity in the heart. A sample electrocardiogram (ECG) of VF is shown below. During VF, the heart cannot pump blood effectively. The patient becomes unresponsive, stops breathing, and has no detectable pulse. Without treatment, VF leads to death within a matter of minutes.
Ventricular fibrillation (VF)
What is defibrillation?
Defibrillation is the delivery of an electrical shock to the heart. It is intended to stop the chaotic activity of ventricular fibrillation and allow the heart to regain an organized rhythm. Defibrillation is performed using a defibrillator. HEARTSTREAM semi-automatic external defibrillators are designed for fast, simple treatment of VF. And speed counts! For every minute of delay in defibrillating the heart of an SCA victim, the chances of survival decrease by about 10 percent!*
* Cummins RO. From concept to standard-of-care? Review of the clinical experience with automated external defibrillators. Annals of Emergency Medicine 1989;18:1269-1275.
Normal sinus rhythm (NSR)
THE HEARTSTREAM AED
What is the Heartstream AED?
The HEARTSTREAM ForeRunner and HEARTSTREAM FR2 are semi-automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). They contain a computer designed to analyze heart rhythms and electronics that can deliver a biphasic defibrillation shock if needed. Biphasic shock waveforms allow lower energy levels to be used in defibrillation.
Who can use the Heartstream AED?
Anyone who has been trained to use the HEARTSTREAM AED can use it.* Training typically takes only a few hours. HEARTSTREAM AEDs are already being used by people in a wide variety of settings, from clinics and hospitals to emergency medical services (
EMS), from office buildings to factories; and from airplanes, golf courses, and sports arenas to other public or community sites.
When should the Heartstream AED be used?
HEARTSTREAM AEDs are designed to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The signs of sudden cardiac arrest are:
• lack of responsiveness
• absence of breathing
• absence of detectable pulse
* In the U.S., a doctor must prescribe the AED and provide medical direction for an early defibrillation program.
Using the HEARTSTREAM AED Heart Stream (FR2) AED