An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device designed to analyze the heart’s rhythm and deliver an electric shock, known as defibrillation, to restore the heart’s normal rhythm in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs are commonly used in emergency situations where an individual’s heart has stopped beating or is experiencing a life-threatening arrhythmia.
The device is user-friendly and often equipped with audio and visual prompts to guide bystanders or trained individuals through the steps of using it. AEDs are crucial in increasing the chances of survival for someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, as prompt defibrillation is essential to restore a normal heart rhythm and improve the chances of successful resuscitation.
It’s important to note that while AEDs can be used by individuals with minimal training, it is recommended that people receive basic CPR and AED training to enhance their ability to respond effectively in emergency situations.