Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)


WHY IS THIS PROGRAM IMPORTANT TO YOU?
The historical method of defibrillation was reserved for advanced life support providers. It was their task to interpret the electrical rhythm of the victim's heart and then provide manual defibrillation only when it was deemed necessary. With the development of the AED, the training for this interpretation has been nearly eliminated as minimaly trained first aid providers, first responders, EMT's and others can practically and efficiently operate the machinery.

WHAT IS AN AED?
The automated external defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device. The AED checks a person's heart rhythm. The AED will recognize a rhythm and determine if a shock is required. The AED uses voice prompts, lights, and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take.

AEDs are very accurate and easy to use. Only a few hours of training are necessary and anyone can learn to operate an AED safely. There are many different brands of AEDs, but the same basic steps apply to all of them and they can be operated with ease.

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