Each year in the U.S., there are approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital setting and on average, less than 10 percent of victims survive. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) assist in increasing the survival rate of people experiencing cardiac arrest.
When used in combination with CPR, a victim’s survival rate more than doubles. AEDs are used to analyze a person’s heart rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
In late 2019, AEDs were installed in all Lowe’s stores in the United States. The AEDs are supplied and managed by Cardio Partners, a leader in AED consultation, equipment and end-to-end training.
AED cabinets are located near first aid kits at each store and are identified by a triangular AED sign above each cabinet. Additionally, AED door decals have been placed at the front entrance doors, signifying that the store is equipped with an AED device.
This is another example of Lowe’s commitment to clean and safe stores to ensure customers and associates remain incident-free. The rollout of AEDs exemplifies what it means to be Lowe’s Safe, which helps to reframe what safety means to new associates joining the company.
All stores will have up to five associates trained on basic first aid, CPR, and AED use and complete the American Heart Association CPR and AED skills certification. Skills certification classes are scheduled onsite at store locations and overseen by certified instructions. Skills certification is good for two years.
Earlier this year, Lowe’s rolled out the Angel Award, a recognition for associates who have performed life-saving measures on fellow associates and customers in a store. Associates are given a special patch to wear on their vests and are recognized at their respective stores. More than 100 Angel Awards have been given to associates since the recognition began in early 2019.