An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a portable electronic device used to give an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart for someone who has sudden cardiac arrest. An AED has built-in computers that checks the person’s heart rhythm, judge if defibrillation is needed, and then gives the shock to stop the arrythmia allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson.
You can find AEDs in many public places, including offices, schools, shopping malls, grocery stores, gyms, large event arenas, and airports. Required locations varies from state to state.
AEDs require a prescription to be used at home. Some people with underlying cardiac conditions can be at a higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
Use an AED as soon as it is available.