Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are incredibly valuable, sophisticated devices that can provide a patient in Cardiac Arrest with the best chance of survival.
While providing early chest compressions and breaths (CPR) in a resuscitation attempt are critical, the most effective way to convert a patient’s cardiac arrest rhythm back to normal in an out-of-hospital setting is with an electric shock from an AED.
Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States in Both Men and Women. Research and studies show that roughly 50% of Cardiac Arrests are unwitnessed, and only about 10% of patients who experience a cardiac arrest in an out-of-hospital setting survive to hospital discharge (1). Because of these staggering statistics the importance of early bystander CPR and implementation of an AED during the early stages of a Cardiac Arrest remain very high priorities for healthcare professionals and the American Heart Association. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) allows us to circulate the blood and oxygen for a victim in...