What is an AED?
A defibrillator is a device that delivers an electric shock to the heart muscle in order to restore a normal heart rate.
An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a portable defibrillator – automated so it can be used by anyone – without medical training who is performing CPR and treating a patient in cardiac arrest.
- Automated External Defibrillator
- When do you use it?
- When the heart stops, (‘cardiac arrest’) Sometimes caused by ventricular fibrillation
- What does it do?
- Stops heart & ventricular fibrillation.
In a CPR and cardiac arrest situation as soon as the AED arrives and is attached (after the chest is cleared of jewellry and clothing and dry) the AED gives commands and manages the situation – it analizes the patients heart rythym and advises a shock or further CPR – AED’s are foolproof devices and very easy to use. The pads are marked with pictographs so anyone can place the pads in the correct position on the patient in cardiac arrest.