Fact: The use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) has caused a significant increase in lives being saved.
- OSHA reports that AEDs can increase survival to more than 90%.
- American Red Cross reports that for each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%.
How do AEDs work?
The first key is make sure the victim is in a dry area. All AEDs have visual aids to help a rescuer correctly place the AED pads on the victim.
(We spend considerable time in our training programs letting participants practice responding with manikins and putting AEDs pads in place, as well as understanding the step-by-step prompts the AED provides.)
Once connected, the AED analyzes the victim’s heart rhythm. If necessary, it delivers an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, which helps the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. While it’s still critical that 911 is called, this quick process has saved thousands of lives.
The importance of adding AED training to your organization’s First Aid & CPR training can’t be understated. The additional cost is minimal, but the payoff can be a life saved.