Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) kills more than 400,000 annually in the US alone, yet 70% or more could be resuscitated with the timely use of a defibrillator. Instead, only about 5% survive, by all other means including CPR. It is also true that 911/EMS is ineffective for SCA, due to the requirement that the patients be treated in less than five minutes..
ElevAED brings four critical improvements to deploying AEDs within building complexes - closer proximity to victims, much faster delivery of the AED, far less cost, and simpler management. For less than $2000 a high-rise can have an AED deliverable to a victim in less than two minutes.
WIth the ad hoc distribution of AEDs now prevalent it is estimated that they save only 0.5% of the SCA victims within range - largely due to confusion, lack of awareness and poor planning. This inefficient return on a lifesaving technology threatens to discredit it unfairly, and ElevAED is the first and only company to optimize AED distribution by an obvious, yet overlooked means - using the elevators.
Victims in cardiac arrest are not breathing or conscious - they've died - and an AED is their one last chance at survival. So it is incumbent on all parties to see that these devices are in place where and when they need to be (in-house) so that they are accessible immediately and by anyone.
ElevAED is working to have AEDs mandated for elevator lobbies within municipal fire codes, so that the public fully understands and appreciates their function. Once these 'vertical communities' acquire this 'friend for life' the AED revolution will be realized.