THE IMPORTANCE OF AEDS
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WHAT IS A SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST, AED, AND CPR?
A sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating normally. Instead of beating, it either quivers or stops beating entirely. AEDs (automated external defibrillators) are lightweight, portable and battery-operated devices that send a shock to restore the heart rhythm of those who are in cardiac arrest (2).
AEDs treat ventricular fibrillation (a form of heart quivering) and ventricular tachycardia (a form of fast, irregular heart rate)(1,4,6). They are used during, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is manual chest compression performed on a cardiac arrest victim to keep blood flowing to the vital organs to prevent tissue death (5).
CAN ONE THAT IS NOT A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTER AN AED?
You do not need to be an experienced healthcare profession to use an AED; Instructions are verbally given by the AED once it is turned on.
WHY DO WE NEED TO INCREASE AED ACCESSIBILITY?
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WHAT EXAMPLES OF PUBLIC PLACES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AED IMPLEMENTATION?