What is an AED? The letters A.E.D. stand for Automated External Defibrillator. Actually it is not a machine it’s a sophisticated medical device which is designed to be so simple to operate that practically anyone can save a human life with it.
Once powered on the AED instructs the rescuer with voice prompts and often visual cues as to the steps to save a life. These voice prompts guide the lay-rescuer to remove clothing from the chest and place the pads in the correct position on the chest. Once the small electrodes are placed on the upper right and lower left of the victim’s chest the AED machine analyzing the cardiac rhythm and determines if a shock is needed. Yes that’s right, the AED only delivers a shock if the victim exhibits a shockable rhythm. This fact is reassuring to the AED customer as their aim is to protect the lives of their employees, customers, students and visitors and not to harm them.
Now that we’ve established that AEDs are safe to use and they cannot cause harm let’s discuss how the device saves a life. When the heart is in ventricular fibrillation caused by an electrical misfire it is quivering in a fashion that leads to certain death. The defibrillation shock that is delivered essentially stops the heart in hope that the heart restarts in a normal sinus rhythm. Numerous AEDs adjust the shock to suit the patient’s defibrillation needs. Some AED machines escalate the energy that is delivered if the shock is initially unsuccessful.
Essential to a successful rescue is an early defibrillation shock and the delivery of effective CPR. To that point it’s important to note that the AED not only prompts the responder through the rescue but also through CPR. Some AEDs even coach the rescuer through CPR with a metronome or guidance for rate and depth.
Now that we’ve answered the question “What is an AED Machine?” it’s time to speak to the professionals at AED One-Stop Shop to determine which type fits your organization’s specific needs. Contact an AED consultant by clicking here or call us at 855-677-AEDs or email Sales@AEDOneStopShop. This important invest could one day lead to a loved one’s life being saved.