What Is an AED & How Does It Work?

An automated external defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death. This small machine, more commonly known simply as an AED, is a portable version of a defibrillator. AED use is meant to be focused on anyone, including people that lack substantial medical training but find themselves responding to a cardiac emergency situation. An AED works by providing a brief electroshock to the heart, either directly or through electrodes placed on the chest. This easy-to-operate device is sophisticated, can analyze a heart’s rhythm and will send the electroshock if it is determined necessary. Such a move can serve to help the heart reset into an effective rhythm once again.

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What is an Automated External Defibrillator?

How to Use an AED

How to use an AED

AEDs are seen located in most offices and public buildings. Some local cities, towns, and councils have made it a point of making them available in various locations in the street. These common placements mean more people are exposed to seeing them, and often wondering how to use an AED. AEDs are used to assist someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. While good health is often taken for granted by many of us, especially when it involves children, having access to an AED can save a life.

Knowing how to use an AED is critical, and they can be used on children over one year old. Fortunately, public AEDs are designed so that training on their use is not required, which makes learning how to use one relatively straightforward.

Steps to Take When Using an AED

When a child in your care, or even an adult nearby, appears to be suffering from a cardiac arrest, there is no scarier feeling. However, rather than feel helpless, you can step in and help save a life.

  1. The immediate action to take is calling an ambulance. Make sure someone has done so. If an automated external defibrillator is not readily available, give CPR until you are able to get an AED.
  2. The moment you have access to an AED, turn it on. The AED will then begin to give you visual and verbal prompts directing you on what you need to do. Follow the prompts and continue to do so until either the ambulance arrives, or someone with substantial medical experience is able to take over.
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