An automated external defibrillator or AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.
- The Automated External Defibrillator is a life-saving device for people in Cardiac Arrest
- AED’s are automatic and easy to use
- They detect abnormal heart rhythms and provides the user with instructions
- They are designed to be simple to use for the public
- All Fire Engines, Ladder trucks, & ambulances carry them
- For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated by a defibrillator, the chance of survival decreases by 7 percent per minute
- It decreases by 10 percent per minute as time advances beyond 3 minutes