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Why use AED's?

AEDs Save Lives! AEDs are designed to be used by non-medical personnel. The new generation of AEDs analyzes a victim's condition and if necessary, delivers an electrical shock to the heart to reverse sudden cardiac arrest. One-button operation with clear voice directions and automatic analysis enables a person with minimal training to use the device.

Why are AED's so important?

The key to surviving sudden cardiac arrest is the speed of response. In addition to CPR, most cardiac arrest victims need an immediate electrical shock to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. If a victim receives a shock within one minute, there is a 90% chance of resuscitation. If a victim must wait ten minutes for a shock, the chance of survival drops to less than 5%. When Every Second Counts - The Time is Now !!

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

The leading cause of death in the United States is sudden cardiac arrest. Over 465,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. The most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation - when the heart’s electrical impulses become irregular and the heart is unable to pump oxygen rich blood throughout the body.

What is Defibrillation?

Defibrillation sends an electrical current through an erratic heart to restore an organized rhythm. Today, there are devices known as Automated External Defibrillators or “AEDs.” These devices are safe, effective and an easy to use method of restoring the heart to a normal rhythm.

YOU can dramatically increase the victim's chances of survival by being trained in CPR and the use of an AED.

When should an AED be used?

An AED should be used when:
  • The victim is unresponsive.
  • The victim has a possible heart attack.
  • The victim is electrocuted.
     

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