To Shock or Not to Shock: AED Defibrillator Technology

How to use an AED

When a person learns for the first time that an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) cannot deliver a shock unless it’s needed… they look relieved to say the least!  And why wouldn’t they?  Our visions and thoughts about defibrillators likely feature a hospital crash cart defib with paddles on a patient’s chest that we’ve seen on TV or in a movie.  But we’re not professional rescuers or medics.

An AED Defibrillator is a small easy-to-use life-saving device designed for every day people in an emergency.  Without one close or accessible the chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest is minimal.  AEDs are about $1500 and they offer amazing technology made simple for anyone to use to save another’s life.

Turn it on, listen to the voice prompts, place the pads on the bare chest, deliver a shock and do CPR compressions… that’s it.

So how is the AED Defibrillator intelligent enough to determine correctly if a shock is required?  The Automated External Defibrillator reads the victim’s ECG rhythm though the moist & sticky electrode pads. It determines if the heart is in a chaotic rhythm knows as (VF) ventricular fibrillation or V-fib.  It’s considered the most serious cardiac rhythm disturbance.  Disordered electrical activity causes the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) to quiver, or fibrillate, instead of contracting (or beating) normally. This prohibits the heart from pumping blood, causing collapse and cardiac arrest.  This type of arrhythmia is a medical emergency and it is certainly threatening.

A complex algorithm helps the AED Defibrillator determine if the victim is indeed in Sudden Cardiac Arrest and then delivers a defibrillation shock.  If the victim is choking, having a seizure, fainting or other reasons for being non-responsive the device would not deliver a shock.

The team at AED One-Stop Shop and would kindly ask you to share with others whether you know this or just learned it.  This action could lead to human lives being saved.  If you’d like to go about equipping with AED Defibrillators at your organization, contact us at 1-855-677-2337 or