Q&A - AEDs.

Q&A - AEDs.
Q&A - AEDs.

Q&A - AEDs

What is an AED?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a medical device that is used to deliver an electrical shock to a casualty in cardiac arrest in order to restore a normal heart rhythm. AEDs come in all different shapes and sizes; however, they are all designed to do the same thing.

Why are they so important?

Cardiac arrest research shows that for every minute that defibrillation is delayed that mortality rate increases by 10%. This staggering statistic highlights the importance of AEDs and how vital they are in saving lives.

How do I use it?

AEDs are designed so that anybody regardless of their knowledge or skill can pick it up and use it. Most AEDs are voice prompted meaning that as soon as you open them they turn on and give you step-by-step instructions.

Don't be afraid of shocking a casualty who doesn't need to be shocked. The AED has automated rhythm analysis meaning that it will only shock them if it is required!

AEDs also come with special paedatric pads, which when connected, reduce the joulage to a shock that is appropriate for a paediatric casualty. These are often not included with standard AEDs and are sold separately by most manufacturers.

Where can I find one?

More and more AEDs are being installed within the community to give people immediate access to them when they're needed most. Locations such as community centres, village halls, libraries, leisure centres, postboxes and police stations being common examples.

We hope that this gives you a brief introduction to what AEDs are, what they are used for and how they work.

For more information on first aid training then please contact a member of our team on 01603 486448 or email us at info@mtscourses.co.uk