If you are looking for a way to make sure that your family members and others around the house always have access to an automated external defibrillator, you need to know how they work so that you can determine how much space is needed.
What Is an Automated External Defibrillator?
An automated external defibrillator, or AED, is a lifesaving device that can help correct a cardiac arrest. When used in combination with other emergency response personnel, an AED can provide critical time-sensitive CPR and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
How do I know if someone needs an AED?
If you are aware of someone who has had a sudden cardiac arrest, the first thing you should do is call for help. If you are not able to reach that person or if the person does not respond to verbal commands or CPR, then you may need to get an AED.
What are the benefits of having an AED?
When used in combination with CPR and defibrillation, an AED can provide critical time-sensitive care. Treatment with an AED can:
- Restore heart rhythm and save lives
- Reduce brain damage due to lack of oxygen during Cardiac Arrest
- Reduce hospitalizations and improve patient outcomes
Who Will Benefit from the AED?
The vast majority of people who are saved by an AED are those who would not have survived otherwise. In fact, studies show that the AED is one of the most effective treatments for cardiac arrest. Those who will benefit the most from an AED in their home include those who:
-Are over 60 years old
-Have a heart condition such as coronary artery disease or a previous myocardial infarction (MI)
-Are obese or have diabetes
-Have a history of arrhythmias or other serious heart problems
If someone needs an automated external defibrillator, the best thing to do is to contact a local hospital. The hospital will have the equipment and personnel to properly use the device.