Learn About Automatic External Defibrilators

Learn About AEDs


What Is An AED?

  • AED stands for “Automated External Defibrillator.”
  • It is a portable device, designed for anyone to use.
  • The device uses smart technology to tell if a “shock” is needed.
  • Without an AED unit on hand, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest has less than a 5 % chance of survival.
  • With an AED and early defibrillation, survival can increase to 90%.

How Do I Use An AED?

  • Bring an AED to the scene if anyone is reported to be unconscious, not breathing, and/or without a pulse.
  • All AED units are easy-to-use and guide the rescuer through the “save” process.
  • Pictures show exactly where to place the electrodes.
  • Once charged, the AED will either emit a shock or ask the rescuer to push a flashing “Shock” button.

What Am I Supposed To Do?

An AED will keep analyzing and keep emitting shocks until the medical professionals arrive.The rescuer’s job:

  • Turn on the AED.
  • Apply the electrodes.
  • Pictures show exactly where to place the electrodes.
  • Follow the instructions provided by the AED.

AEDs are becoming more and more common and may someday be standard equipment, like a fire extinguisher, in any building. AEDs are designed so that anyone can become a lifesaver. If you have additional questionsabout AEDs, please contact The Via Foundation.

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