James Gandolfini Death Could Have Been Prevented If Hotel Had AED Says UCLA
American Med Supply Advises Travelers To Book A Hotel Equipped With An
Automated External Defibrillator
ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 4, 2013
ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --American Med Supply advises all
travelers to book a hotel equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator
(AED) since James Gandolfini's recent death could have been prevented if his
hotel had an AED according to a UCLA cardiologist.
"James Gandolfini absolutely may have survived if hotel personnel had used an
AED when they found him," said Dr. Matthew Budoff, an associate professor of
medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and a renowned
cardiologist, during an interview with the National Enquirer.
"For each minute that passes following a heart attack, the survival rates drop
by 10 percent. So if five minutes pass without assistance by the AED, his
survival rate is 50 percent. If 10 minutes go by, the risk of dying is 100
percent," added Dr. Budoff in the National Enquirer. "There is no question
that had they used an AED when they first found James Gandolfini, his chances
of survival would have been greatly improved."
An AED is a small laptop-sized device that can automatically restart a heart
after sudden cardiac arrest. A New England Journal of Medicine study found
that public access to AEDs doubled the chances of survival in cardiac-arrest
"More lives can be saved if additional hotels put their guests first and
invest in AEDs," said Allyn Cutts, co-founder of American Med Supply, a
retailer of AEDs including Heartsine PAD AED, Zoll Plus AED and Philips Onsite
Defibrillator. "We recommend that travelers call before making an online
reservation and ask if the hotel is equipped with an AED because this critical
information is not available on travel websites."
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that most hotels do not invest in
AEDs to protect their guests. Global Hyatt Corp. stated just approximately
20% of its hotels have AEDs. Choice Hotels International Inc. stated "very
few" of its hotels are equipped with AEDs, while InterContinental Hotels Group
stated it does not require its hotels to have them.
According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, 359,400 Americans
experience out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year. When bystanders
intervene with Automated External Defibrillators, four out of 10 victims
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