What is an AED?
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are some of the most important live saving equipment around. Modern AEDs are so good at what they do that they can even help those who are not sure of what they are doing in the event of an emergency. To use an AED, all one needs to do is follow the prompts. By following the AED’s directions and using the AED, the AED will increase the patients chance of survival.
Do I need training to operate an AED?
AED’s are made to be so easy to use that they can practically operate themselves. However, it is good due diligence to have staff on site of your location that have been trained in the use of an AED. Training people on how to use the AED will increase the likelihood that people feel comfortable using it in the event of an emergency. Additionally, if people know how to use an AED, it can vastly speed up the process of giving a victim of sudden cardiac arrest the help that they need. Every second matters in these emergencies.
Can anyone buy an AED?
In most places, to buy an AED you need a doctors prescription to purchase it. The only FDA approved AED that does not require a prescription is the Phillips HeartStart Onsite AED. However, if you do not have a physician’s prescription, you can purchase AED Program Management that will give you physician oversight of your AED and maintain that it is in working order. Read more about AED Program Managment and its benefits at www.theaedsource.com/product/aed-program-management/.
Are AED’s devices all the same?
While all AED’s may be slightly different in design and features they all are designed to be easy to use in the event of an emergency. All AED’s operate similarly. Depending on the AED, there may be voice directions, real time data gathering, and the ability to call EMS on its own alongside many other incredible features.
Where can I get AED training?
For those who are looking to practice and learn how to properly use an AED in the event of an emergency, you can attend a CPR & AED class. The most reputable CPR & AED training courses are taught through the American Heart Association (AHA), American Red Cross (ARC), and Health & Safety Institute (HSI). Depending on where you live, one training may be more popular or readily available than the other. Regardless, each of these training brands teach from the latest Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update Guidelines. To get training quotes from instructors that are local in your area, fill out this form on Class Eagle Health & Safety Directory. CPR & AED instructors will reach out to you with information on classes offered near you. You can schedule both public, private, or group classes this way.