What is an AED? And why do I need one?

In short, an AED or Automated External Defibrillator is a device that saves lives.  It analyzes the person’s heart and delivers an electrical shock, if needed,to eliminate an abnormal heart rhythm. 

AEDs are design to be simple to use. They use voice prompts to tell the user what to do, allowing anyone to be able to use it, even without prior training. 

The use of AEDs in the community has been associated with nearly doubling survival of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

AHA information

Who needs them? 

The American Heart Association supports placing AEDs in targeted public areas such as sports arenas, gated communities, office complexes, doctor's offices, shopping malls, etc. When AEDs are placed in the community or a business or facility, the AHA strongly encourages that they be part of a defibrillation program in which:

• Persons that acquire an AED notify the local EMS office. 
• A licensed physician or medical authority provides medical oversight to ensure quality control. 
• Persons responsible for using the AED are trained in CPR and how to use an AED.

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