An AED (automated external defibrillator) saves lives! It’s the key to increasing the rate of survival from sudden cardiac arrest. It can be used in various places where an emergency can occur.
What is an AED?
An automated external defibrillator is a small, lightweight electronic device designed to diagnose the life-threatening heart arrhythmia of VF (ventricular fibrillation) and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. The device can then treat them through defibrillation, which delivers a dose of counter-shock to the patient’s heart, helping it to reestablish an effective rhythm.
With simple visual and audio in commands, an AED is designed to be user-friendly. Anyone can use this device, regardless of their experience or age. Using an automated external defibrillator is one of the simplest first aid procedures you can master. Most automated external defibrillator manufacturers also provide basic training courses to introduce people to this electronic device, which improves their confidence in using them.
Why do you need an AED?
There are many advantages to having a defibrillator at work, home or in public venues. These include:
- Ensures the safety of people in large groups: Any place with large groups of people often has someone with heart disease. Large venues such as airports, restaurants, stadiums and churches should have an emergency response plan that includes an automated external defibrillator to help save lives.
- Protection for strenuous work environments: Studies suggest that those who work in strenuous work environments cause more stress on their body, leading to a higher risk of having cardiac-related issues. People who work outside in high temperatures doing physically demanding jobs are also at a higher risk of getting cardiac arrest. Having an automated external defibrillator nearby can save crucial minutes and save lives.
- Cardiac arrest can strike anyone: Sudden cardiac arrest strikes women, men and children of all age groups. Going into sudden cardiac arrest is often the first time that people realise they have a heart condition. AEDs can help families who have children with Brugada or Long QT syndrome, which can result in ventricular fibrillation.
- Helps you be prepared: Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the world. For this reason, it’s a great idea to be prepared in case of an emergency. With an AED, you won’t feel helpless when sudden cardiac arrest strikes as it will help you save a life.