About AED's

About AED's

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable medical device that allows the user the deliver a “shock” (defibrillation) to restore a regular heart rhythm to an individual suffering a cardiac arrest.

AED's are computerized and portable. Pads applied to the victim's chest allow the unit to analyze the heart rhythm. The AED detects two lethal heart rhythms; Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) and Ventricular Tachycardia (VT). Defibrillation is the only definitive treatment for these rhythms.

Defibrillation delivers electrical energy to the heart to stop a lethal rhythm and allow the heart's normal rhythm to resume. Survival decreases by 10% for every minute that passes without defibrillation. CPR prolongs the time a person can survive until a "shock" is delivered.

If the AED detects a fatal rhythm, it charges up and advises the rescuer to deliver a "shock". AED's use lights, voice prompts, text, and pictures to guide the user.

AED's are safe, simple, and effective when used by a trained rescuer. CPR/AED training will ensure that a rescuer can recognize and respond to a medical emergency. Widespread placement of AED's will allow trained rescuers to deliver immediate life-saving treatment.

Chain of Survival 356k pdf  Aed Implementation Guide 248k pdf

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