Enterprise Training: First Voice’s Unlimited Staff Model

March 18, 2016

Your Training Challenges 
Because what you need is unique

Getting OSHA-compliant training is easier said than done. Multiple-location companies and franchise organizations are faced with unique challenges when it comes to providing staff training:

  1. High turnover
  2. Budget impact
  3. Multiple locations and departments
  4. Training time
  5. High Staffing Needs

What you need is affordable, flexible training options, customizable to fit your organization’s unique structure, staff, time frame, and budget. And that’s exactly what First Voice Training provides.

Who We Are
Innovators in our industry

We are in the business of making minutes matter. From the crucial minutes that occur after the onset of a medical emergency to the minutes it takes to complete a training course, we believe that every single minute counts. So we’ve made it our mission to provide first aid supplies, technology, and training that save time and money but don’t skimp on quality.

How We Can Help
Engaging technology, empowering people

1.Unlimited Access and Controlled Cost Models at an Enterprise Level
As a multiple-location company or franchise, ensuring that all your employees receive mandatory training can be both complex and costly. Our answer to that is a cost-efficient training system with no employee access ceilings.

Access
A rotating door for employees is a reality faced by many industries, and it makes training difficult and often too prohibitive in time and labor costs. However, First Voice Training allows employees to train anytime—that’s 24/7 access on all 365 days of the year. This flexible system means that training no longer has to be done during times of key field activity, such as during hands-on, in-store, or on-floor hours. With no limit on who can be trained, and when, you control outgoing spend and get more value for your money spent.

All of our training courses are OSHA compliant and up to date with the most recently approved science protocols for emergency preparedness, CPR, first aid, and workplace violence. And, courses even cover the required equipment you have at your facility and how to use the equipment, which helps with OSHA-compliance safety initiatives.

Cost

We offer controlled costs, which allow for best-practice compliance and affordable, tracked training solutions that are sustainable for organizations with high staffing models and high staff turnover.

Many of our clients pay under $1–5 per person per year, a low price that is unheard of in the training and compliance industry.

We can do this because we offer enterprise training for emergency preparedness and safety on a cost-per-location basis, as opposed to a cost-per-employee basis. By paying a low-cost annual service subscription per location, you can train your employees anytime. Our fixed cost-per-location pricing model, in fact, often saves you money on the traditional courses we offer from our core course product catalog.

2.Additional Revenue Streams for Your Business
Our turnkey system is an excellent reselling opportunity for your organization to provide to franchisees for state and/or federal requirements. We allow franchises to license and brand our training to sell internally to the franchisees as a corporate overhead fee income stream. This allows for additional revenue streams at the corporate level while meeting the needs of franchisees and providing very low bulk volume training course access.

3.Flexible Integration
As the licensed and intellectual property holder and content editor, we are able to white label our accredited training to your franchises at a these low pre-approved rates. Or, we plug our curriculum and content into your existing learning management system (various solutions exist on how to do this). This system is turnkey and allows for quality service to be provided at a discounted rate due to the bulk training volume of organizations like yours. Basically, we price it out per location per year so that it’s affordable to you and helps you meet your bottom-dollar budgeting needs for new account acquisition.

Your Course Needs
Relieve the Stress of Training

Most states require social services to facilitate both mandatory reporter and universal precautions (BBP) training, and any workplace is supposed to offer first aid and CPR training opportunities to employees that are potential responders for workplace emergencies. Our training solutions are effective, and we are more than happy to provide OSHA and state codes information to supplement your knowledge about your organization’s compliance needs. Use the More Information button below to request a copy of our Enterprise Training Packages sheet to see what our effective, affordable training model looks like.

This model is sustainable, compliant, affordable, and easy to track. Administrators are allowed to track the progress (0–100%) of their employees online anytime to ensure course completion, or reports can be proactively delivered to the administrators.

We are able to accommodate nearly any emergency preparedness, first aid and CPR, or related safety training course topic needed. Our training medians consist of a multitude of options extending from online to hands-on or blended techniques, including an in-house Train the Trainer program to meet core hands-on skills requirements, if needed. Check out some of our options below.

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Interested in finding out how Think Safe’s products can benefit your workplace? Simply contact Think Safe at 888-473-1777 or click on the More Information button, and we’ll be happy to contact you. Or, if you like what we do, refer us to a friend!

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Reducing Costs: First Aid & AED Servicing Program

December 3, 2015

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A new case study, prepared by Think Safe, provides the key resource material on proper yet lower maintenance servicing procedures, tools (including ordering and inspection logs and alerts), and reporting requirements. Additionally, the case study includes best-practice recommendations for medical and first aid programs in workplaces with a higher risk of injury.

The key focus of this case study is OSHA mandates (ANSI regulations) and how in-house safety programs can build refresher training into lower maintenance first aid or emergency medical preparedness programs.

To request a copy of this case study so you can learn how your workplace can benefit from this cost-saving information, simply call us at 319-377-5125 or click more information below and fill out the form.

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AED Laws: Do You Know the Risks?

October 29, 2015

aed_symbol with aedAutomated external defibrillators (AED) are the number one treatment for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), one of the nation’s leading killers. They are portable, user-friendly devices that even lay rescuers can use in an emergency to help save a life. As a result, many workplaces are required by law to have them on-site and many other workplaces have them on-site simply because they recognize their value as life-saving technology. AEDs are smart, responsible devices to have in your first aid and medical emergency tool belt, but owning one does come with liability.

So, you want to provide a safe working environment and be as prepared as possible in the event of SCA, but how can you be sure you’ve fully mitigated all AED program legal risk for your facilities or organization? Here’s the answer: know your state AED owner laws. AED owner laws exist in every state but vary widely. These laws require administrative and/or operational procedures for AED programs, help provide Good Samaritan and civil liability immunity protection, or even mandate AED ownership and deployments.

State AED owner laws do impact AED program operations and create or mitigate liability risk. It is important that you have an accurate and complete understanding of your state’s AED laws so you can ensure regulatory compliance, avoid costly administrative sanctions, and preserve any available Good Samaritan or civil liability immunity protections as an AED owner or for AED users within your organization.

That said, navigating state laws can be tricky and time consuming. That’s why some companies try to sell you a subscription to accessing information on state laws, with discounted multi-seat subscriptions for larger organizations. But, why pay when you can get your AED state law information for free through the First Voice State AED Laws portal? 

checkmarkThat’s right, we offer a no-cost subscription that makes learning about and mitigating the risks of AED ownership a snap! All you have to do is visit our AED State Laws page and fill out the form. We’ll get back to you within one (1) business day, and you’ll be well on your way to safe, informed AED ownership. 

We hope to you hear from you soon, and we thank you for helping us every day to make minutes matter!


Philips AED Recall

March 3, 2014


Philips has recently issued a recall on their HeartStart Home and OnSite (HS1) AEDs.

Affected Devices :  Serial Number A13G-#####

If you have purchased a Philips device in 2013 or after,  please read the information below to see if you are affected. If you are affected contact Philips immediately for a replacement device at 1-800-263-3342 and select OPTION 5.  Live technical support is available Monday through Friday, 7:00AM to 5:00PM PST.  You can also leave a message 24 hours a day, seven days a week and a customer support representative will return your call promptly on the next business day.

Read the letter from Philips:

Philips Field Note 2014 FEB 10

Models Affected: M5066A and M5068A.  Affected Devices have Serial Number A13G-#####

Problem: Contact pins contaminated preventing a connection from pads cartridge to the AED.

Other AEDs under recall:

Recall Date: 01/13/2012
Title: Cardiac Science Notifies AED Customers of Voluntary Medical Device Recall.
Units: Cardiac Science Powerheart, CardioVive, CardioLife; GE Responder and Responder Pro; and Nihon-Kohden Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
selected Powerheart models, 9300E, 9300P, 9390A, 9390E, 11,000 units worldwide.
Issue: Cardiac Science is conducting a voluntary recall of a limited number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) manufactured between July 1, 2011 and December 30, 2011. The affected AEDs contain a circuit board manufactured with a component that may fail unexpectedly due to a supplier manufacturing defect. If the component were to fail during a rescue attempt, the AED may not deliver defibrillation therapy. This issue was detected at the Cardiac Science factory through our standard quality control processes. We have no reports of this issue impacting a rescue. This action is being conducted with the knowledge of the appropriate Regulatory Agencies.
Fix: enter serial number, if on the list contact Cardiac Science and have repaired at no cost.
Alert Documentation
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Recall Date: 06/29/2010
Title: Mandatory Software Update for Field Correction: AED resistor and AED relay
Does your unit need to have the 11/13/09 corrective action?
Fix: enter serial number, if on the list download and install the software update
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Recall Date: 02/03/2010
Title: Cardiac Science Notifies AED Customers of Voluntary Medical Device Recall
Fix: If on the list, remove from service immediately. CS will replace the AED
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Recall Date: 11/13/2009
Title: Voluntary Medical Device Correction: AED resistor and AED relay
Fix: Install mandatory software update on all models
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Recall Date: 10/09/2009
Title: Factory-Testing Corrective Action
Fix: If on the list, send unit to CS for testing
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Recall Date: 12/03/2014
Title: PadPro and R2 Multi-Function Defibrillation Electrodes because they will not work with Philips FR3 and FRx AEDs.
Units:
  • Adult Radiotransparent Electrode
    • Catalog Number: 2001H, 2001H-C, 2001H-PC, 2516H, 2516H-PC
  • Pediatric Radiotranslucent Electrode
    • Catalog Number: 2603H
  • Mini Pediatric Radiotranslucent Electrode
    • Catalog Number: 2602H
  • Pediatric R2 Multifunction Electrode
    • Catalog Number: 3115-1750
  • R2 Multifunction Electrode
    • Catalog Number: 3115-1751

Issue: Electrodes will not work with Philips FR3 and FRx AEDs. Philips made changes to the connector design of their FR3 and FRx AEDs. Because of these changes, the CONMED electrodes will no longer work with these AEDs. The FRx AED requires electrode pads be connected to the device before it is used. The AED will make a continuous alarm chirp to alert the user that the correct pads are not connected. The FR3 does not require electrode pads to be pre-connected. Users will not know that the pads do not work until they try to use the AED. This may result in a delay in delivering the electrical therapy needed to revive a patient. Delay in therapy could result in serious injury or death.
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Recall Date: 03/14/2011
Title: Defibtech LLC, Lifeline and ReviveR AEDs: Software Defect May Cancel Shock
Units: Model DDU-100 series with software version 2.004 or earlier, sold under the brand names Lifeline and ReviveR.
65,885 AEDs distributed in the United States are subject to this recall.
Issue: AEDs using software version 2.004 or earlier may cause the device to cancel shock during the charging process. Failure to provide appropriate therapy may result in failure to resuscitate the patient.
Fix: Customers can check the nine-digit serial number on the back of their AED against the list published by Defibtech to see if their devices are affected.
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Recall Date: 05/21/2010
Title: Defibtech LLC, DBP-2800 Battery Pack for ReviveR AED
Units: DBP-2800 Battery Pack for the Defibtech ReviveR AED
Fix: Contact Defibtech for correction
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Recall Date: 09/12/2012
Title: HeartSine Samaritan 300/300P PAD Voluntary Recall
Units: HeartSine Samaritan 300/300P PADs, if your unit was recalled you will have received a letter directly from HeartSine.
Units affected are:
0400000501 – 0700032917
08A00035000 – 10A0070753
10C00200000 – 10C00210106
Issue: Off/On issue, battery management software issue.
Fix: Contact Think Safe 319-377-5125, 8 AM through 5 PM CST, Monday through Friday
Alert Documentation
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Recall Date: 07/19/2013
Title: 2013 class 2 recall of Lifepak 500 AED (all parties contacted so no remaining devices left to be upgraded)
Units: LIFEPAK 500 PART NUMBERS: 3011790-001568, 3011790-001574, 3011790-001627, 3011790-001634, and 3011790-001650.
Issue: The LIFEPAK 500 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) could be susceptible to malfunction due to an assembly error. If affected, the malfunction would be the result of internal shorting on a printed circuit board assembly and could render the device inoperable.
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Recall Date: 04/10/2013
Title: 2013 CR Plus and Express AED recall: (over 130,000 AEDs affected)
Units: LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS defibrillators. Product part’s numbers: 3200731-xxx, 3202177-xxx, U3200731-xxx, and U3202177-006.
Issue: LIFEPAK CR Plus or LIFEPAK Express Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are recalled due to the potential to experience an early internal battery depletion issue.
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Recall Date: 07/ 26/2011
Title: 2011 Lifepak 500 recall:
Units: LIFEPAK 500
Issue: The potential reliability issue is the result of a design characteristic of a SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) electronic component on the main printed circuit board assembly.
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Recall Date: 07/31/2009
Title: Physio-Control Inc., LIFEPAK CR Plus Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
Units: Physio-Control LIFEPAK CR PLUS AEDs with the serial numbers below are affected by this recall.
Serial Numbers:
37026963, 37026983, 37026984, 37026997, 37027002,37027008,
37027039, 37027040, 37027049, 37027053,
37027063, 37027065,
37027066, 37027070, 37027071, 37027073, 37027075, 37027090,
37027099, 37027105
37027122, 37027197, 37027529, 37027569,
37031393,
37037850, 37037893, 37037986, 37038002, 37038211,
37038365, 37135986, 37154526, 37154638
Issue: An extremely humid environment may cause the LIFEPAK CR Plus AED to improperly analyze the rhythm correctly and may cause the device to delay or fail to delivery therapy.
Fix: Contact Physio-Control Customer Care
1-800-442-1142, 6 AM through 4 PM Pacific Time
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Recall Date: 10/30/2008
Title: CR Plus 2008 recall:
Units: LIFEPAK CR Plus
Issue: The device may not power on although it indicates it is ready for use and would not be able to provide defibrillation therapy.
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Recall Date: 10/30/2008
Title: 2008 Lifepak Express recall:
Units: LIFEPAK Express
Issue: The device may not power on although it indicates it is ready for use and would not be able to provide defibrillation therapy.
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Recall Date: 08/04/2007
Title: Lifepak 500 – 2007 recall
Units: biphasic LIFEPAK 500 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) with software version 4.4 or lower; Part Nos. 3011790-XXXXXX, D3100790-XXXXXX, and U3011790-XXXXXX . (XXXX indicates various non-contiguous numbers)
Issue: Reduced Shock- the device may deliver 100 Joule (J) to a patient, which is less than the recommended factory minimum default setting of 200 J.
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Recall Date: 06/21/2007
Title: Lifepak Express – 2007 recall
Units: LIFEPAK EXPRESS defibrillator
Issue: Premature battery depletion due to electrical component failure
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Recall Date: 06/21/2007
Title: CR Plus – 2007 recall
Units: LIFEPAK CR Plus
Issue: Premature battery depletion due to electrical component failure
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Recall Date: 03/29/2007
Title: CR Plus – 2007 (march) recall
Units: LIFEPAK CR Plus
Issue: LIFEPAK CR Plus defibrillators with software version 1.16 or lower may miscalculate the HLC battery capacity and result in the CHARGE-PAK battery charger icon/indicator to display and falsely indicate battery needs replacement.
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Recall Date: 02/23/2006
Title: CR Plus – 2006 recall
Units: LIFEPAK CR Plus
Issue: One of the printed circuit board assemblies may be contaminated with solder flux which can cause a short that may render the device inoperative.
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Recall Date: 02/22/2006
Title: Lifepak 500 – 2006 recall
Units: LIFEPAK 500
Issue: Component leads may have intermittent connection to the printed circuit board assembly pads – which could render the device inoperative.
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Recall Date: 10/19/2005
Title: Lifepak 500 – 2005 recall (cases)
Units: a) Hard shell carry case for the Lifepak 500 AED.
Catalog number 3005384-000 through 002,
Recall # Z-0004-06;
b) Hard shell carry case for the Lifepak CR Plus.
Catalog number 3201582-000 through –002,
Recall # Z-0005-06
Issue: Some hard shell carry case for Lifepak 500 and Lifepak CR Plus automated external defibrillators may have blocked pressure vent which may make it difficult to open the case after a sudden decrease in altitude (such as in aircraft landing or mountain descent).
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Recall Date: 10/04/2005
Title: Lifepak CR Plus – 2005 recall (cases)
Units: Hard shell carry case for the LIFEPAK CR Plus.
Issue: Some hard shell carry case for LIFEPAK 500 and LIFEPAK CR Plus automated external defibrillators may have blocked pressure vent which may make it difficult to open the case after a sudden decrease in altitude (such as in aircraft landng or mountain descent).
Fix: On 7/12/05 the firm issued a letter to customers instructing the customers to inspect the cases for blocked vent. If the customer noted that the vent was blocked, to contact the firm for a replacement case. The firm provided response cards for the customers to return stating they had inspected their units.
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Recall Date: 03/10/2005
Title: Lifepak 500 2005 recalls
Units: LIFEPAK 500
Serial numbers – various, noncontiguous Part numbers – 3005400-XXX, D3005400-XXX, U3005400-XXX
Issue: Potential to not detect patients at the low end of the patient impedance range.
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Recall Date: 02/03/2005
Title: Certain Medtronic LIFEPAK 500 Automated External Defibrillators
Class 1 Recall
Units: LIFEPAK 500 automated external defibrillators (AEDs), part numbers 3005400-XXX, D3005400-XXX and U3005400-XXX. This action affects 1,924 devices. All were manufactured in 1997.
Issue: The affected AEDs may display a “Connect Electrodes” message and then will not defibrillate the patient, even when the electrodes are properly connected.
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Recall Date: 07/20/2004
Title: Lifepak 500 – 2004 recalls
Units: LIFEPAK 500
Issue: Potential for batteries to malfunction due to battery cell rupture.
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Recall Date: 06/12/2003
Title: Lifepak CR Plus – 2003 recall
Units: LIFEPAK CR Plus
All serial numbers below 31058753
Issue: Defibrillation therapy may be delayed or not delivered for persons needing defibrillation therapy.
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Recall Date:
Title: Lifepak Express – 2006 recall
Units: LIFEPAK EXPRESS
Part number 3202177-00 through -002 Serial numbers listed above with the CR Plus
Issue: One of the printed circuit board assemblies may be contaminated with solder flux which can cause a short that may render the device inoperative.
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Recall Date:
Title: 2008 CR Plus recall:
Units: LIFEPAK CR Plus
Issue: This recall is being conducted due to the device being configured with the incorrect software for semi-automatic instead of fully automatic use. When the device is needed for a cardiac arrest emergency, the device will require that the user press the shock button instead of automatically delivering a shock as per the normal operation of the fully automatic device.
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Recall Date: 2/14/2014
Title: Feild Safety Notice: Contact Pin Contamination
Units: A limited number of Philips HeartStart Home and OnSite (HS1) models M5066A
and M5068A are affected by this action. Philips has identified the serial numbers
of all affected devices.
Issue: In a limited number of HeartStart Home and OnSite (HS1) AEDs, one or both
contact pins may be contaminated by residue from the soldering process. This
contamination could prevent an adequate connection between the pads cartridge
and the AED.
Fix: If you are have an affected device, please contact Philips for a replacement AED at 1-800-263-3342 and select option 5. Live technical support is available
Monday through Friday, 7:00AM to 5:00PM PST. You can also leave a message
24 hours a day, seven days a week; a customer support representative will
return your call promptly on the next business day.
Please keep your AED in service until you receive a replacement if there are no
alternative defibrillators readily available.
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Recall Date: 12/28/2012
Title: Philips HeartStart FR2+ defibrillator discontinuance
Units: FR2+
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Recall Date: 10/30/2012
Title: AED Maintenance Information
Issue: Philips wanted to inform FRx and OnSite HeartStart AED owners of potentially misunderstood alerts from their AEDs.
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Recall Date: 06/02/2010
Title: Voluntary recall: Specific Philips HeartStart HS1 and FRx Defibrillators
Units: HS1 (models M5066A and M5068A) and FRx
(model 861304) automated external defibrillators. The units affected by the recall
were manufactured by Philips in March 2010.
Fix: Perform serial number look up on company website, company will direct further if
your unit is affected.
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Recall Date: 02/25/2009
Title: Welch Allyn AED 10 Recall Information
Units: Welch Allyn AED10 or MRL JumpStart defibrillator
* Part numbers 970300x, 970302x, 970308x, 970309x, 970310x, 970311x, where “x” specifies the language as English, Dutch, Danish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, or European English
Issue: Low Energy Shock, Electromagnetic Noise Interference, Unexpected Shutdown During Use, Blown Fuse, Loss of Voice Prompts Shutdown in Cold Temperatures
Fix: Contact Think-Safe (888)473-1777
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Recall Date: 02/12/2009
Title: ZOLL Medical Corporation, ZOLL AED Plus Defibrillator, Class 1 Recall
Units: ZOLL AED Plus Defibrillator, Class 1 Recall Units Recalled: This product was manufactured from May, 2004 through February, 2009 and distributed from May, 2004 through February 9, 2009.
Issue: The AED failed to deliver the defibrillation energy.
Fix: The company sent their distributors and customers an initial recall letter on February 12, 2009 by certified mail. This letter instructed customers to replace their batteries every three years. The company then sent their distributors and customers a follow-up recall letter on March 31, 2009 by certified mail. This letter instructed customers to download new software for their devices and to remove any battery replacement reminder labels.
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AEDs: Use by Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Healthcare Providers

February 26, 2014
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Heartsine Samaritan AED

Just what is the standard or duty to provide care of healthcare, long-term care or elderly care providers for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)?

From my consistent research and study of the AED industry, the standard appears to be that many nursing homes, elderly housing complexes or assisted living facilities still do not have an AED policy or program.   In 2007 a summary study within the industry showed:

http://www.jamda.com/article/S1525-8610%2807%2900207-1/abstract

Contrarily, here is an Ohio-based Midwest article on AEDs & some facilities who have decided to implement AED programs:  http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/358076/many_nursing_homes_lack_device_to_restart_heart_portable_defibrillators/

Now, not taken into consideration is the question regarding “duty to provide care” – and what is really the up-to-date 2014 standard to provide care as it relates to AEDs or CPR in these facilities?

*  Are there any industry mandates taking place? What is the healthcare industry doing about AEDs?

*  What are the trends for DNR orders or Attempted CPR- are the number of DNR orders going up or down as a % of population being admitted to healthcare facilities?  Should nursing homes or long-term care facilities have solid AED programs in place due to a decreasing % of DNR orders and more patient preferences to attempt CPR?

In January 2010 there was a great article I read that showed how UCLA is implementing AED programs across their system, due to the improvement in SCA survival they offer. UCLA Article

Nursing Studies Show AEDs improve SCA response times (this is an additional Nurse.com article on SCA & AEDs in the industry)

I have also read many articles/studies in recent years on in-hospital SCA survival versus out-of-hospital survival and perhaps UCLA is trying to improve SCA survival and change the statistics, which show IN-HOSPITAL survival is lower than OUT-OF-HOSPITAL per many studies.  The above link shows the obstacles facing nurses and staff and why AEDs may be a welcome addition to healthcare facilities.

Regarding long-term and elderly facility industry practices such as DNR advanced directives

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are followed.  But, methods for identifying CPR status need improvement to enable accurate identification and prompt resuscitation of residents who want CPR:

http://www.gnjournal.com/article/S0197-4572%2898%2990117-3/abstract

It is known that ACPR is infrequently performed in long-term care setting and is rarely successful (successful being defined as admission to the hospital alive).  Survival (defined as discharge from the hospital) is also rare but survival does occur though. All nursing homes are not required to offer ACPR and many nursing homes in the United States, as well as in other parts of the world, do not offer ACPR.

In my assessment from my research, agencies such as the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law & Aging show that about two-thirds (2/3) of the adult population does not have an advanced directive or DNR.  I could not find any recent studies to answer my DNR questions on DNR preferences.

Recent mandates or pending mandates and “encouraged use” Bills have passed in recent years in the following states that are for assisted living facilities or long-term and medical facilities:  Texas, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Florida and others.

Perhaps it will some day become an expectation for all long-term facilities to have an AED and perform CPR but for now, it appears that each facility has to make their own decision but for sure they should consider their state’s legislation or pending legislation as it affects licensing for their facility.

One excerpt of a study states, “Surveys have shown that many elderly in different parts of the world want to be resuscitated, but may lack knowledge about the specifics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Data from countries other than the US is limited, but differences in physician and patient opinions by nationality regarding CPR do exist.”  In the essence of observing the opinions of those elderly that do want to be resuscitated – perhaps there will be some marketing advantage to employ by organizations that implement AED programs.

For a summary of up-to-date Nursing Home laws and examples of corporate position statements regarding AED programs, complete the following form!


AED Sunsets: Cardiac Science, Medtronic/Physio-Control & Philips AEDs

February 10, 2014

Cardiac Science, Physio Control (Medtronic), and Philips Corporation have made announcements that they are discontinuing some of their AED lines. These AEDs will no longer be supported (certain support deadlines have been announced) and need to be replaced due to the manufacturer ceasing or phasing out manufacturing of these AEDs or AED accessories in coming years.  Manufacturing of certain accessories (depending on manufacturer) will remain.  One thing to keep in mind as these deadlines move near is that accessory prices may increase for these AED owners as supplies diminish.  It may not be worthwhile to invest in another round of batteries and pads, you may want to consider spending that money on a new AED that is manufacturer supported.

For example, if a Battery replacement cost is  $390 for 4 yr life battery compare that to $900-$1000 for new AED with 4 yr battery and new pads under full warranty for next 7-10 years.  The better investment is the upgrade to a new AED that is manufacturer supported and under full warranty.  Especially if the battery replacement cost on that new device is under $150 every 4 years compared to almost $400 every 4 years!

However, be informed and make sure you understand your future AED accessory availability.  Email us for deadline information.

Check out more detailed information below on the discontinued AEDs to see if you are affected!

Cardiac Science
Powerheart AED (9200RD/9210RD)
-Batteries discontinued
Powerheart AED
Firstsave AED (9200D/9210D)
-Batteries discontinued
Firstsave AED
Firstsave AED G3 (9300C-001)
-Batteries discontinued
Medtronic/Physio-Control
Medtronic/Physio-Control LifePak 500 (Catalog numbers 99401-001083, 99401-001085, 99401-001087 and 99401-001089)
-Batteries and pads- call for deadline information or Email us.**Check on battery recycling programs to extend the life of your AED. Email us for more information.
Owner manual
LIFEPAK 500 Nonrechargeable lithium sulfur dioxide (LiSO2) or lithium manganese dioxide (LiMnO2)battery pak  Lifepak 500 AED battery
Philips
Heartstart FR2+ AED (M3860A/ M3861A)-Batteries and Pads call for deadline information or Email us.

**Check on battery recycling programs to extend the life of your AED. Email us for more information.

Laerdal Heartstart FR2+ (M3840A/M3841A)
-Batteries and Pads call for deadline information or Email us.**Check on battery recycling programs to extend the life of your AED. Email us for more information.
Philips HeartStart
Forerunner AED or FR2
-Batteries and Pads call for deadline information or Email us.**Check on battery recycling programs to extend the life of your AED. Email us for more information.

For information on how to trade in your AED and take advantage of our special offers, please fill out the form below!

DISCLAIMER:  Please note that this blog post has been recently updated on 2/18/2014  to reflect more current information from the AED manufacturers.  Prior blog posts did not reflect accurate manufacturing deadlines for AED accessories and our apologies for the misprinted information regarding these deadlines.


Webinar Series Starting In March

March 8, 2012

SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST is the #1 killer in the US annually and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is the difference between life and death for these victims.  Every minute that goes by without using an AED results in a 10% less chance of survival!

You simply can’t wait for EMS or First Responder community teams to arrive!  National average EMS response is 8-10 minutes in urban areas.

OSHA highly recommends these devices in the workplace and there are many industry-specific, federal, state and local mandates for AEDs due to the death toll of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  But, even if you are not mandated — you should consider purchasing one of these devices.  They take survival rates from SCA from 3-7% to over 65%! PLUS, if you can use a cell phone – YOU CAN USE AN AED!

So, are there any drawbacks to owning an AED?  Yes, if you do not maintain them or implement them according to your applicable AED acquirer laws in your city/county/state.  Think Safe knows these laws and is known for providing the legal protection and solutions our clients and dealers need.

Think Safe, in an effort to help our customers and dealers understand the legalities of defibrillator ownership, is sponsoring a webinar series on AED Programs: Avoiding Liability.

The webinar runs 3 times per day in March with speakers Paula Wickham or Greg Stebral, industry experts, providing key tips and resource materials for existing AED programs or those interested in selling AEDs or purchasing AEDs for their facility or workplace.

There is no fee.  There is no software to download. You just need an internet connection (no phone). All you have to do is go to:

http://www.thinksafewebinars.com/State-and-Local-AED-Acquirer-Laws.html

Once you fill out the form (we DO NOT SELL your information) you will be provided a screen that shows open webinars and you can click on and select any times / dates with open seats.

There are many dates/times to pick from this month- we know how hard it is to push a webinar into your busy schedule but…. you’ll find value from this webinar and we look forward to seeing you online.

Business AED Package

If you have any questions or want to schedule a specific time for this webinar please contact Paula Wickham at pwickham@think-safe.com or call our offices and ask for Paula or Greg, 319-377-5125.   Making Minutes Matter!

If you’d like us to contact you, please complete the following form.  We are happy to assist you!