Did you know that more than 356,000 people in the USA suffer from sudden cardiac arrest yearly? AEDs are life-saving devices designed to treat patients’ problems during emergencies.
Despite their importance, those who work closely with those suffering from cardiovascular problems may not understand how AEDs work. This can significantly reduce their confidence in using them during an emergency.
You’ll significantly boost your confidence in using the AED promptly and efficiently by taking a brief moment to educate yourself on the basics. This guide will answer your question, “How does an AED work?” and equip you with enough information to help save a life.
How Does an AED Work?
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AEDs, for automated external defibrillators, are devices used to treat cardiac arrest by delivering an electric shock to the heart. The device is easy to use and can be operated by anyone.
CPR is still necessary while the AED is charging and will be continued until the AED is ready to be used. Once the AED is prepared, it will give instructions on delivering the shock.
How to Use an AED?
When using an automated external defibrillator (AED), it is essential first to place the pads on the victim’s bare chest—one on the right side of the breastbone just below the collarbone and the other on the left side—and then stand back. At the same time, the AED analyzes the heart rhythm.
If the AED recommends a shock, deliver the shock by pressing the “shock” button. Then stand back again while the AED re-analyzes the heart rhythm.
When to Use an AED?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) can be a life-saving tool when used correctly. AEDs are designed for use on people who have sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and are unresponsive.
If a person is not breathing or only gasping, you should use an AED. If the person responds to CPR, you may still use an AED if it is available and the rescuer is trained.
Maintenance of an AED
To maintain an AED, it is essential to regularly check the device and its accessories for any damage or expiration date. Ensure that the AED is properly stored and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Additionally, it is vital to keep the AED clean and free of dust and dirt.
AEDs in the Workplace
AEDs are simple to use and can be life-saving in a cardiac emergency. Many workplaces now have AEDs on-site, and employees have undergone AED training.
In the event of a cardiac emergency, every second counts. Having AED, CPR, First Aid and BBP training can mean the difference between life and death.
Know Your Life-Saving Devices!
An AED is a portable device that is easy to use and can be used by anyone. So, how does an AED work?
The AED is an essential tool you can use to save someone’s life during a cardiac emergency. It works by shocking the heart and allowing it to resume its normal rhythm. Without an AED, the chances of survival are greatly decreased.
If you or someone you know is at risk for cardiac arrest, get trained to use an AED and keep one close by.
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