What is an AED?
An AED is a small electronic portable device, which automatically diagnoses and treats life-threatening ventricular fibrillation or quivering of the heart. AEDs are easy-to-operate and allow minimally-trained individuals to provide defibrillation (an electric shock) to victims suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. With the use of an AED, the heart is able to re-establish a normal, effective heart rhythm.
How does an AED work?
An AED device automatically diagnoses the patient and determines whether or not the suffering victim needs a shock. The AED then either employs visual and audio prompts to the user to deliver a shock, or does so automatically with no user intervention.
AEDs are intended for use by the average individual, but are best when utilized by an individual who has taken a basic CPR course that integrates the implementation of AEDs. AED Masters offers this CPR/AED training with the purchase of an AED.
Voice and visual prompts tell the rescuer exactly what to do. Rescuers attach electrode defibrillation pads to the victim's chest. Electrodes analyze the electrical activity of the heart and determines whether it is shockable. The device advises the user to stand back and (semi-automatic) devices direct the user to push a shock button. After the shock is delivered, an AED device further guides the user to conduct CPR and give two rescue breaths.