AEDs & Oxygen
in Malls Saves Lives - By Julie Schaeffer
Last year, Kravco Company
placed AEDs and emergency oxygen in malls around the country (see "Pennsylvania's
Breath of Fresh Air," Last Word, March 2000 JEMS). The company
has documented more than 165 uses of the AEDs and emergency oxygen,
says Peter Goldman, MD, medical liaison for the project.
The Medtronic Physio-Control
LIFEPAK 500 AED and TXO2® AUTOMATED First
Aid Oxygen unit (which Goldman
invented and brought to Kravco for use with its AED) are housed in
a fire-extinguisher-like cabinet for use by trained mall employees.
"We have more than 165
documented uses, and the oxygen is getting used much more than the defibrillator,"
says Goldman. "In fact, from December 1999 until now, there have
been no defibrillations at Kravco."
However, Goldman says Kravco
has solid evidence that four lives have been saved by administering
oxygen early in the cardiac arrest process.
Goldman didn't expect that
result. The training program taught mall management and security
to use both pieces of equipment. But he understands why it's happening.
"Most emergencies are not cardiac arrests," he explains.
"Employees pulled out the defibrillator, and it said a shock wasn't
indicatedbut a lot of people still needed oxygen."
Kravco is getting some attention
for its visionary placement of the units in malls. In 2000, Kravco won
two Maxi awardsgiven by the International Council of Shopping
Centers (ICSC) to individual companies, malls and mall groupsfor
the equipment's installation and usage.
"I think it's an inevitability
that this equipment will be in every shopping mall, " says Goldman.
"Given the experience we've had, I don't see how people could not