AEDs in Your Home
Why AEDs are important?: AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AEDs are portable and can be used by nonmedical people, they can be made part of emergency response programs that also include rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt delivery of CPR. All three of these activities are critical to improving survival from cardiac arrest.
How AEDS Work?: AED’s intricate yet rugged mechanism analyzes and looks for shock-able heart rhythms, advises the rescuer of the need for defibrillation and delivers a shock if needed. A built-in computer checks a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. The computer calculates whether defibrillation is needed. If it is, a recorded voice tells the rescuer to press the shock button on the AED. This shock momentarily stuns the heart and stops all activity and gives the heart an opportunity to resume beating effectively. Instructions guide the user through the process. AEDs advise a shock only for ventricular fibrillation or another life-threatening condition called pulseless ventricular tachycardia.
Who can Use an AED? The AED is a self-testing, battery-operated automated external defibrillator device that is portable, simple to operate and inexpensive. Non-medical personnel such as police, fire service personnel, flight attendants, security guards and other lay rescuers who have been properly trained can use AEDs. An AED comes in two modes: automatic mode and semi-automatic mode. In semi-automatic mode, after applying the AED-electrodes (pads) to the patient’s chest, the AED analyzes the patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG), and if a shock to start the heart is needed, the AED advises the operator to push the button to deliver the shock. For the Automatic AED, the AED automatically delivers a shock if the shock is needed.
What are the best AEDS? There is no single criteria to judge whether one AED is better than the rest. The best AED is the one that meets your needs. To choose an appropriate AED, please call our experienced sales people. No pressure, no gimmicks.
AEDs are safe to use by anyone who’s been trained to operate them. Studies have shown that 90 percent of the time AEDs are able to detect a rhythm that should be defibrillated. And 95 percent of the time they are able to recommend NOT shocking when the computer shows defibrillation is not indicated. Over 200,000 people in the U.S. die of sudden cardiac arrest every year before receiving the emergency care. Up to 50,000 of these deaths could have been prevented if an automated external defibrillator had been available and someone had initiated immediately the Cardiac Chain of Survival at the time of the emergency. An AED is the only device that may save your life during a cardiac arrest. Who would not want to own an AED that is affordable and can be used by anyone in case of SCA emergency to save a life?