Automatic External Defibrillator
475,000 people dies every year in the U.S.
1,301 people die every day.
1 person dies every minute.
What is an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)?
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restores the heart's normal rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) and Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) are abnormal heart rhythms that most often leads to sudden cardiac arrest. If the heart can be shocked quickly with an AED, a normal heart rhythm may be restored.
There are many brands and models but all work to accomplish the same result. An AED has become a requirement in many government buildings, schools, churches, restaurants, sports leagues, community centers and any place where there are large groups of people. AED's for personal use has also increased in recent years due to delayed access to emergency care.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an electrical malfunction of the hearts rhythm, most SCAs are due to abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias. A common arrhythmia is ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart’s electrical impulses suddenly become chaotic and ineffective.
Blood flow to the brain stops abruptly; the victim then collapses and quickly loses consciousness. Death usually follows unless a normal heart rhythm is restored within minutes.
At this point a person has only minutes to live. Delaying treatment for just 5 minutes, lowers a person's chance of survival by more than 50%. The best way to help a person is to perform CPR and use an AED as soon as it becomes available.
Watch a short video....
For every minute 10% of life drops!
How to use an AED?
AED's come in different shapes, sizes, automatic, semi-automatic, indoor, outdoor, wi-fi enabled, CPR feedback, video, touch screen, and many more options.
But they MUST all do one thing...
Whatever model or brand of AED you decide to purchase, all need to analyse the heart's rhythm and determine if a shock is needed.
Here are the steps to using ANY AED...
1. Turn it on.
A. All AED's are battery operated and have voice instructions (some have visual instruction as well).
2. Attach the two pads (electrodes) to the chest.
3. Don't touch and allow AED to assess and determine if a shock is needed.
4. If a shock is needed, stay clear and press shock button (semi-automatic) or just stay clear for (automatic).
5. If victim does not respond continue CPR until AED tells you to stop, assess again, and deliver another shock.
This sequence will continue until advanced life support arrives such as paramedics or EMT's.
There are of course some special considerations that will be explained with the training provided with the purchase of your AED.
Who suffers Cardiac Arrest?
The answers is anyone.
Since this is an electrical problem the cause could be anything from a heart attack, congenital, cardiovascular disease, blunt trauma or even stress.
Watch a real teenager have a sudden cardiac arrest and hear her story...
What AED should I buy?
There are several factors to consider when purchasing an AED. Don't purchase an AED because it's inexpensive. Your individual or business needs will depend on the right AED.
Is this for your own personal use, business, or community.
Registering with local EMS
What age group will it be mostly used for
Will it be indoor or outdoor
Do you need multiple languages
Will you be traveling with it
and many more important questions.
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Discounts, grants, local, and state Incentives
Terra Medicus - Receive $200 instant discount per AED at check-out, use code "TERRA200"
New York State residents, receive up to $500 tax credit per AED (fill-out form below).
New York State businesses, receive up to $500 tax credit per AED (fill-out form below).
Grants (please be aware some grants have deadlines, we try our best to keep our list updated).
Hopeys Heart https://www.hopeysheart.org/aed-grant-program/