AED Insight: What You Need to Know to Save a Life

Aug 11 2021

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is an electronic device that helps to provide medical care to a person experiencing a sudden cardiac event, like a heart attack. Used in conjunction with CPR, an AED provides a shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. Does your workplace have an AED, and do you know what to do in case of emergency?
Read on to learn more:
When should an AED be used?
An AED should be used for any sudden cardiac event when a person is unresponsive and not breathing. When used in the first few moments, an AED can greatly increase the chances of survival. AEDs can be used on adults and children aged eight and older, and special pediatric versions are available for children under eight. AEDs should not be used on infants.
Where are AEDs located?
AEDs are located in many job sites and in public places, like sports arenas, community parks and shopping centers. AEDs should be stored in a wall cabinet clearly marked with appropriate signage. It is recommended that AEDs be registered with local emergency medical services (EMS) so that 911 operators can direct responders to the closest device.
Who can use an AED?
While an AED can be used by anyone, it is helpful to have basic first aid and CPR training to recognize situations in which an AED should be used. When notified, EMS personnel can direct bystanders in the general public on how to use an AED. Of note, AEDs provide specific audio prompts once they are turned on to make them easy for anyone to use.
How can I purchase an AED?
To purchase an AED, a prescription from a physician may be needed. This is to ensure that protocols for use are put into place and proper training occurs. All AEDs should be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. AEDs are slightly different depending on their manufacturer, so be sure to purchase the AED that meets your needs.
OBBCO offers a variety of first aid kits and equipment, including AED supplies. Browse our inventory online or give us a call today at (757) 420-4000 for more information.

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