How AEDs are Saving Lives

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Automatic External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are so easy to use & very effective at saving lives. A person will have 50 – 70% better chance of survival if an AED is used within the first 3 minutes of their cardiac arrest. This is very impressive.

AEDs are found in City owned facilities, public places like fitness centres, shopping malls & most workplaces. AED training is now included in every first aid/CPR course.

What is an AED? It is an electronic device that is used when someone is in cardiac arrest. The device analyzes the person’s heart rhythm & delivers a shock, if necessary, to keep a persons heart rhythm regular.

An AED is similar to a pacemaker (or implantable cardioverter defibrillator). The most obvious difference is that a pacemaker is implanted in a person’s body, whereas the AED is used externally (used on the outside of a person’s body).

I had to use an AED once, while performing CPR. I just followed the voice prompts (it really was easy to use). Every 2 minutes the device told me to stop CPR so that it could analyze the person’s heart rhythm. I'd use it again, if I had to (it makes such a difference).

Again, a defibrillator does not start a heart that has stopped. It is designed to deliver a shock when an irregular, potentially life-threatening, heart rhythm is detected. 

Cardiac arrest can happen to anybody, anywhere & at anytime. AED's are user friendly & are saving lives.

Sign-up for First Aid CPR AED training so that you gain the confidence in your ability to save lives. Join us, we offer courses on a regular basis (http://go-getters.ca/first-aid-safety-courses-products/) or invite us to your workplace for group training (http://go-getters.ca/group-first-aidcpr-training/).

If you would like more information about the costs of an AED, follow this link: http://go-getters.ca/first-aid-safety-courses-products/aed-defibtech.  A person’s life is worth the investment.