An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart. The shock can potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. Most SCAs result from ventricular fibrillation (VF). VF is a rapid and unsynchronized heart rhythm that originates in the heart’s lower chambers (the ventricles). The heart must be “defibrillated” quickly, because a victim’s chance of surviving drops by 7 to 10 percent for every minute a normal heartbeat isn’t restored.
People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly. A heart attack is a “circulation” problem and sudden cardiac arrest is an “electrical” problem.
A heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die. The longer a person goes without treatment, the greater the damage. Symptoms of a heart attack may be immediate and intense. More often, though, symptoms start slowly and persist for hours, days or weeks before a heart attack. Unlike with sudden cardiac arrest, the heart usually does not stop beating during a heart attack. The heart attack symptoms in women can be different than men.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs suddenly and often without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). With its pumping action disrupted, the heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs. Seconds later, a person loses consciousness and has no pulse. Death occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment.
AED's make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AED's are portable, they can be used by nonmedical people (lay-rescuers). They can be made part of emergency response programs that also include rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt delivery of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). All three of these activities are vital to improving survival from SCA.
A built-in computer checks a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. The computer calculates whether defibrillation is needed. If it is, a recorded voice prompts the rescuer to shock the heart. This shock momentarily stuns the heart and stops all activity. It gives the heart the chance to resume beating effectively. Audible prompts guide the user through the process. AED's advise a shock only for ventricular fibrillation (VF) or another life-threatening condition called pulseless ventricular tachycardia.
Non-medical personnel such as police, fire service personnel, flight attendants, security guards and other lay rescuers who have been trained in CPR can use AED's. Although formal training in the use of an AED is not required, it is recommended to help the rescuer increase their comfort and level of confidence. However, AED's are intended for use by the general public. Most AED's use audible voice prompts to guide the user through the process.
No. Schools and fitness centers are usually the only places that are required by law to have an AED on site.
The two types of AED's on the market are Automatic and Semi-Automatic. Most AED's use a prompt to guide the user in applying the AED pads and if needed, to deliver the shock or "Clear the Victim". Some AED's may have a metronome, some will count your compressions and tell you to give 2 breaths. Some AED's will let you know if you are pushing to fast or too slow.
First Aid & CPR, LLC is an offsite training company. We come to you with the training. We will bring manikins, AED Trainers and everything needed to train your staff, members or family in CPR and the the use of an AED. Call us for more info at 888-242-4259 or email us at Training@FirstAid.org
Depending on the make and model will depend on the price. First Aid & CPR, LLC offers discounts to those that take CPR training with us. We also offer discounts to nonprofit organizations and will try to beat any advertised price.
Pediatric pads are used for children under the age of 8 or less than 55 lbs. They are required in schools or where children are present. We teach you what to do in the event that child pads are not present. A CPR Prep kit should be with the AED. It usually comes with a breathing barrier device, scissors, razor blade, towel, gloves and other items. Cabinets are good to secure the AED if in a public place. Cabinets should not be locked to allow for its usage. Most cabinets come with an alarm and in some cases a flashing red light to notify the facility the AED is being used.
AED's are medical devices. We will work with you in getting all the necessary documents.
Yes. First Aid & CPR, LLC has a rental program. Whether needing it for a sporting event, weekend getaway or long term use, we offer these devices as rentals.
We sell all brands. HeartSine, Philips, DefibTech, Zoll, Cardiac Science and Physio Control. We sell all accessories for each of these manufacturers.
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