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The Beginner’s Guide to


It is claimed by the American Red Cross that AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators, can save the lives of 50,000 people every year, given the first responders would have the knowledge on how to use an AED and can have access to an AED. Now that is a lot of lives saved by a machine that is so little.

It is therefore recommended that we have a training on how to find and use an AED machine, especially with the number of lives that it can save, thus, presenting below is a user basic guide that one has to be familiar with about the machine.

You first have to know the basic definition of an AED machine. A machine that provides an electric shock to the heart of a victim who is experiencing a cardiac arrest is AED or automated external defibrillator. This fairly small machine is portable enough and lightweight for a person to carry.

It is very easy to use and has step by step instructions on how to use it. One does not need to be a medical professional to be able to use an AED. Anybody can safely use an AED, and it is during training in AEDs happened in first aid or CPR classes that a responder gets familiar with the machine.

Note that an AED is the only means considered to restore a regular heartbeat of someone during cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest is when the heart stops breathing, where a malfunction in the heart called arrhythmia is causing the arrest.

Described as an irregular heartbeat, arrhythmia has several different kinds, where some may cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow, and others can cause cardiac arrest or stop the beating of the heart.
Know that a cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. In a heart attack, there is a continued beating of the heart, only that the blood flow cannot reach the heart thereby causing some portions of the heart tissue to die. Know that the cause of cardiac arrest has no one known cause of it, and doctors believe that a genetic order, physical stress or coronary disease could be the likely link to this condition.

The compositions of an AED machine are a small computer and two wires that are attached to adhesive pads. To start using the machine, you place the adhesive pads on the chest of the victim, and through the pads, the heartbeat of the victim is checked by the computer. With the computer, a decision is made if the victim needs a shock in order to return the heat to its normal beating.

Once the victim is deemed to need electric shock or defibrillation, the responder is prompted by the AED machine to press the shock button on the machine.