Automatic External Defibrillator
What Is A Cardiac Arrest?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. This occurs suddenly and causes the heart to go into an irregular rhythm most commonly ventricular fibrillation. When this happens there is no supply of oxygenated blood in the vital organs, mainly the brain and heart and therefore the person collapses.
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.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restore 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 models but all work in the say way. 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.