We will assist you in all aspects of placing your AED, the actual purchase of your AED, implementation of your AED program, helping you maintain it, as well as training for you and your staff on how to use you AED.
AED stands for “Automated External Defibrillator.” An AED is used to administer an electric shock to a person who is having a cardiac arrest. AEDs are designed to allow non-medical personnel to save lives.
An AED works by two pads, connected to the AED, which are placed on the patient’s chest. A computer inside the AED analyzes the patient’s heart rhythm and determines if a shock is required to save the victim. If a shock is required, the AED uses voice instructions to guide the user through saving the person’s life.
AEDs save lives. When a person has a sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”), their heart’s regular rhythm becomes chaotic or arrhythmic. Every minute that the heart is not beating it lowers the odds of survival by 7% to 10%. After 10 minutes without defibrillation very few people survive. It is estimated that over 450,000 people suffer from SCA and that only 3-5% survive because an AED can’t be located and used within the 3-5 minute window of opportunity for the first shock to be administered.
During SCA Sudden Cardiac Arrest the heart can no longer pump the blood effectively and the victim collapses, stops breathing, becomes unresponsive, and has no detectable pulse. When used on a victim of SCA, the AED can be used to administer a life-saving electric shock that restores the heart’s rhythm to normal.
The AHA strongly supports having AEDs in public areas such as sports arenas, office complexes, schools, doctors’ offices, shopping malls, airports, and other public places. The AHA also advocates that all police and fire and rescue vehicles be equipped with an AED.
AEDs are very easy to use. An AED can be used by practically anyone who has been shown what to do. In fact, there are a number of cases where people with no training at all have saved lives. The AED’s voice guides the rescuer through the steps involved in saving someone; for example, “apply pads to patient’s bare chest” (the pads themselves have pictures of where they should be placed) and “press red shock button.” Furthermore, safeguards have been designed into the unit precisely so that non-medical responders can’t use the AED to shock someone who doesn’t need a shock.
What features should I look for in an AED?
- An AED that is easy for non-medical people to use
- An AED that is reliable based on the manufacturer history
- An AED that is affordable to maintain