Automated External Defibrillators (AED): An Overview Automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, are important emergency medical equipment used when a victim is experiencing cardiac arrest. AEDs are a key component in the chain of survival along with CPR and advanced life support that deliver an electrical shock when needed to restore healthy sinus rhythm to a […]
Where Are AEDs Required? AEDs are required by state law in a variety of situations. In addition to laws requiring an AED, many states also have AED laws that speak to AED placement, AED usage and AED training. There is currently no federal legislation requiring AEDs, simplifying matters somewhat. Below, we outline a variety of […]
How To Use An AED on Adults, Children, and Infants This article outlines how to use an AED on adults, children, and infants. Before using an AED, you should have: Confirmed Sudden Cardiac Arrest The victim is unresponsive to you. You’ve shook them (note: Do NOT shake infants or children). There’s no breathing and no […]
An AED works by analyzing the heart’s rhythm and sending a shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm if needed. The defibrillator is used to help people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).