Whatis an AED?
An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is one of the best tools available tothe public to
help increase survival for people with a
Sudden Cardiac Arrest or SCA. AED's are the units
that shock the patient's heart if needed and has
saved many peoples lives. They can save more
lives if there are more available for people to use.
What is a Sudden Cardiac Arrest? A Sudden Cardiac Arrest is when someone's heart stops beating normally and
stops pumping blood to the body's organs. The most common type of Sudden
Cardiac Arrest is called Ventricular Fibrillation or "VF". Sudden Cardiac Arrests are
caused when the electrical signals that contract the muscles of the heart do not
work normally. The sign of someone having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest is sudden
loss of consciousness for apparently no reason. If someone drops unconscious for
no obvious reason chances are they just had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.Anyone
can have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Things that can also put a heart into a
Sudden Cardiac Arrest are use of illicit drugs, an impact to the chest such as
with a baseball or being hit, drowning in fresh water. Performing CPR with the use
of an AED is one of their best chances of survival.
Approximately 400,000 people a year have a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the United
States. When someone has a sudden cardiac arrest their chances of survival
without help drops about 10% every minute. CPR will help keep oxygen going to
their organs but will do nothing to get the heart beating normally again. A shock
delivered to the heart from an AED is their best chance of getting the heart
beating normally again. The sooner someone can place an AED on a victim the
better their chances of survival.
Why do I need an AED? An AED is a tool designed to help save lives.
If you would perform CPR onsomeone you should
get an AED to use with CPR. An AED
supercharges the effectiveness of CPR and
increases the chances of survival. The sooner
an AED is used on a victim the better their
chances of survival are. So why wait for
Emergency Medical Services to arrive 10 plus
minutes for them to apply their own defibrillator
when you could have one on the victim long before they arrive that can only
increase the chance of survival.
Who is allowed to use an AED?
Anyone. If you are physically capable of placing the pads on the victim you can
use an AED. Anytime someone is performing CPR and an AED is available it should
be used. You cannot hurt anyone with an AED. You can only make things better
not worse. It is impossible to deliver a shock to someone who does not need it
due to the way AED's are programmed and work. It will only deliver a shock to a
person if their heart is in a rhythm that needs a shock. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF
USING AN AED you can't make anything worse when using an AED.
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If you have taken one of our classes you have heard us
talk about AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators.
They are one of the best chances we have of saving someones life from cardiac
arrest outside of a hospital setting.