Saving a life is as simple as A-E-D
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. AED’s are small electronic devices that were designed to allow minimally-trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Unlike the defibrillators seen on medical TV shows, AEDs are small, lightweight and very easy to operate. They are about the size of a lunch box and have adhesive electrode pads that rescuers attach to the person’s chest. An AED is very simple to use yet houses the same sophisticated defibrillation technology relied on by emergency medical services personnel and physicians.
Early CPR and early defibrillation are essential to optimal outcome during a cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest, the persons chances of survival are directly related to the amount of time in takes for a defibrillator to arrive to the persons side. Some studies suggest that when someone goes into cardiac arrest their chances of survival drop by 10% every minute without a defibrillator. The US average emergency response time in the US is 8-10 minutes. You do the math. The sooner you can administer a “shock” to someone in cardiac arrest the better their chances of survival.
Me?? Shock someone???? NO WAY!!!
Don’t freak out. You can’t shock someone because you don’t like them or they owe you money. In fact you don’t even make the decision if they need a shock or not. Once the AED pads are placed on the victims chest, the AED will automatically “Analyze” to determine if the victim “needs” a shock. If the AED determines that a shock is indicated, it will inform you with voice prompts or other prompts and instruct you to press the shock button. You would then continue CPR. Sounds easy? Right? With good training from Northwest Health and Safety it is very easy!