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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.

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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...

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