An automated external defibrillator, or AED, is a portable electronic device that stops the abnormal rhythm by shocking the heart. The device self-determines whether or not to shock so no human decision-making process is needed. Facts and features:
Wondering if AEDs are hard to use? They’re not. In fact, they are easy enough for the average sixth grader to use on their own. In a recent study, it took 15 sixth graders an average of 90 seconds to complete defibrillation, compared to the 67 seconds on average for EMTs/paramedics.
As noted from the NIH website, "Learning how to use an AED and taking a CPR course are helpful. However, if trained personnel aren't available, untrained people also can use an AED to help save someone's life." We fully agree!!!
Watch this informative Save-a-life simulator and learn what the best actions to take are when a cardiac arrest strikes.
Thanks to our very effective coalition of state and county elected officials, EMS/Fire leaders, healthcare providers, and business groups like the Silicon Valley Leadership Foundation, Racing Hearts along with El Camino Hospital pioneered SB658 which was signed by Gov Brown 9/3/15 making it easier and less expensive to install and own AEDs! The following updates will begin Jan. 1, 2016:
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