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Week of May 20, 2019

When it comes to understanding body armor there can be confusion over which type of body armor protects against which type of ammunition.  Understanding the NIJ 0101.06 armor protection levels is clearly explained.  The term "Bullet Proof" is a widely used term that is inaccurate and paints a picture that it cannot be penetrated.  Any body armor has the potential to be penetrated.  There are various levels of protection that must be adhered to in the law enforcement world.  The (Justice Technology Information Center) JTIC Understanding NIJ 0101.06 Armor Protection Levels is a snapshot of the projectile threats and classification of body armor related to these threats.  Here is NIJ complete info on Body Armor


Emergency Defibrillators (AED)

Defibrillators

An AED Defibrillator can save a life when a person is in cardiac arrest.  Having one accessible in an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.


An AED Emergency Automated External Defibrillator restores the hearts normal rhythm during cardiac arrest.  It is a small, lightweight device that is designed to administer an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm to victims experiencing cardiac arrest.  An irregular heart rhythm is called an arrhythmia and it means that the heart cannot efficiently pump blood to other vital organs which will quickly become starved of the nutrients and life sustaining oxygen that it provides.  An AED Defibrillator can jolt the heart in order to restore its normal rhythm by sending an electrical current directly to the heart muscle.

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Survival rates are significantly higher with their use
Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital due to the length of time it takes for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene. Emergency Defibrillators in public places may double survival rates if there are people trained to use them. They are an absolute necessity in places of business, schools, athletic programs, and organizations. 

Knowing how to use one in an emergency is important

It is important that if an AED Defibrillator is purchased, training is provided for its proper use.   Emergency Personnel should always be called in this type of emergency in order to secure the best outcome for the victim.

Availability is Critical

Several states have passed legislation in recognition of the life-saving potential that AEDs offer against sudden cardiac arrest.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) "Near Proximity Rule" requires response to life-threatening emergencies within three to four minutes.  Accessibility is absolutely critical.  Though many facilities are placing emergency defibrillators in their buildings, there still needs to be a major "sense of urgency" to install them in convenient locations in protective wall mounting boxes for easy access.

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