Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, have been saving lives for decades now. With a handy device that can be easily used by untrained users, these life-saving machines are saving so many lives each year. Find out why they are a must!
What is an AED
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are devices that can be used to provide immediate cardiac support in the event of an arrhythmia. AEDs are simple, portable tools that can be deployed quickly in any setting. In a cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating and blood flow to the brain is critical for survival. AEDs can help restore normal blood flow to the brain and help save lives.
Why should everyone carry one
If you are ever in the unfortunate situation of experiencing a cardiac arrest, having an automated external defibrillator (AED) on hand could mean the difference between life and death. There are a few reasons why everyone should carry an AED. First and foremost, cardiac arrests are one of the leading causes of death in people under the age of 60. Second, even if someone does survive a cardiac arrest, they can still end up with serious brain damage or even die if CPR is not performed within minutes. Third, not every place has access to an ambulance or EMT so having an AED on hand can make a huge difference in terms of saving someone’s life.
How to use an AED
To use an AED, first responders must find it. It’s usually located in an area near the entrance to a building or near an ambulance bay. Once they find the AED, they must identify the victim. Then, they must press the buttons on the AED in order to create an electric shock that will restart the victim’s heart.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are life-saving devices and should be in every school, office, and public place. AEDs can provide the needed electrical current to restart a heart that has stopped beating and can save lives.