Working in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Industry, we’ve conditioned ourselves to see an AED from a mile away. We are happy to see them in public places and enjoy having conversations about AEDs with people we meet. We know how important it is to have one in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. We know the survival rates. We hear the stories. We talk to the First Responders. One of the biggest challenges we face is making sure everyone else understands the importance of having one too. At Coro Medical, we don’t just sell AEDs; we like to educate the public and spread awareness also.
I traveled through a few different airports this weekend and took a couple of pictures at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, GA. While I had to overcome my embarrassment of kneeling beside an AED for a quick “selfie” (at 11:00 PM at night!) it gave me an opportunity to explain what an AED was to a fellow traveler who asked why I took a picture.
If you’ve ever traveled through the Atlanta airport, you know how busy it is. More people travel through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport every year than any other airport worldwide. That includes other major airports such as Chicago O’Hare, Beijing Capital International and London Heathrow. This airport receives an average of 24 medical calls a day and deploys an automated external defibrillator approximately 10 times a month on average.
To further the effort of making Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson “the safest airport in the world” for cardiac events, the airport (along with one of our great partners, Cardiac Science) installed 285 new Cardiac Science G5 AEDs (one every 75 feet!) in every terminal. The program will help ensure the safety of travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson by upgrading the AED fleet to the latest and best technology.
The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 has many features that make it a great device to have at airports, including self-tests for rescue readiness, the ability to increase shock energy levels if needed, and the capability of switching the language of the voice prompts with the touch of a button.
For additional information or questions please reach out to us at AED.us or call 800-695-1209.
Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director
Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C
Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.
“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”
Last updated May 15, 2019