Automated External Defibrillators
(They Re-Start your Heart!)
An AED is a device that evaluates the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victim’s heart rhythm with electrodes and delivers an electrical shock to the heart in order to restore the electrical activity so it can pump blood again. An AED analyzes and looks for shockable heart rhythms, advises the rescuer of the need for defibrillation and delivers a shock if needed.
The AED is a self-testing, battery-operated device that is portable. Operation is quite simple: After applying the AED’s electrodes (pads) to the patient’s chest, the AED automatically analyzes the patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG) and either automatically delivers or advises an operator to deliver a shock if needed. The device walks the operator through the rescue using a combination of voice prompts, audible alerts, and visible indicators, depending on the model you have.
Who Wouldn't Want to Own an AED?
They are affordable, portable, and anyone can use it to save a life in case of an SCA emergency.
During Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the electrical system of the heart malfunctions. The heart, instead of pumping in a normal rhythm, begins to quiver. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere without any prior warning or symptoms. In such a situation, an automated external defibrillator is the only device able to give the victim chance to survive. However, the unit must be available within five minutes or less.
For reference, the average time for Emergency Services to respond to a 911 call is 7 to 12 minutes.
How Do I Use an AED?
Although every AED operates differently based on the equipped features, they all follow the same basic sequence:
- Turn on AED Unit
- Remove Pads from Packaging & Apply to Victim's Chest as directed by visual/auditory prompts
- Hands-off - The unit will evaluate the victim's ECG to determine if a shock is necessary.
- If shock is necessary, unit will advise you to press the "Shock" button (or shock automatically, depending on the unit)
- Shock Button is Pressed/Shock is Administered
- Responder resumes delivering chest compressions as directed
- Unit will attempt to shock again if necessary, as needed