What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
An AED is a portable, electronic medical device that when deployed automatically analyzes a heart rhythm in a patient to detect the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. If diagnosed, the AED will apply electrical therapy to stop the cardiac arrhythmia through defibrillation and allow the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. With clear voice and visual prompts, AEDs are simple enough for a layperson to use and save lives every day! Early use of an AED greatly increases the chance of survival for victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA.)
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