|AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS (AEDs)|
|Keeping the Magnolia Community heart safe; the AED difference..|
|An AED is a small,
portable device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and
prompts the user to deliver a defibrillation shock if it
determines one is needed. Once turned on, the AED guides
the user through each step of the defibrillation process
by providing voice and/or visual prompts.
AEDs are specially designed for easy use by a "first responder", who would be the first person to typically arrive on the scene of a medical emergency. A first responder can be an emergency medical services worker, a firefighter or police officer, or it can be a layperson with minimal AED training.
Time to defibrillation, the most critical factor in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival, can be reduced if an AED is "on-site" and can be brought to the victim quickly. This is one of the reasons that survival rates improve in communities with active AED programs. Remember, every minute that passes before defibrillation reduces survival rates by 7-10 percent. The goal is to improve SCA survival rates. On-site AEDs can make the difference.