There are plenty of places that are ideal for the installation of a portable device known as an automated external defibrillator or AED. They are often found at airports and at schools, but they can also be placed within a person’s home. These devices are known to save lives and can be used by most anyone, including a young child without much training.
Although training is available and is recommended, it is not necessary to have any training to use such a device. If you or someone in your home has a heart condition or other health issue that could render that person in danger of dying from a heart attack, now is the time for getting an AED purchased and placed in an easily accessible area of the home.
What Does an AED Do?
A heart attack starts when a person experiences sudden fibrillation of the lower ventricles. The rapid and unsteady beating are what makes for a cardiac arrest. The AED machine helps immediate de-fillibrate the heart thereby restoring a normal rhythm and helping to save a person’s life.
The fact that the device, often a portable and easy-to-use machine with the paddles and everything included can be accessed quickly makes it especially essential. While someone else might be calling for an ambulance or making contact with 911, another person can be defillibrating the patient using the device and restoring their normal heartbeat. When an irregular heartbeat is restored to normal it greatly increases the person’s chance of surviving the cardiac episode.
Without the machine, a person could be waiting a few precious extra minutes and either lose his or her life to the heart attack. Or, they could experience irreparable damage to their heart while waiting for help to arrive.
Who Can Use Them?
Most anyone can use an automated external defibrillator. It is best if the person using the machine has been trained but it is not absolutely necessary. These machines are sophisticated enough to detect when a heart must be defillibrated and when it is not necessary. The person who is not trained would be able to see from the computer display when not to defillibrate thereby avoiding doing more harm than good in a cardiac situation.
Where Should AED’s Be Placed?
Recent trends have AEDs being placed anywhere from law enforcement agencies to doctor’s offices. But, there are a growing number of AEDs showing up in public places where large crowds draw such as at airports and stadiums. They are also crucial in homes where a person with a risky heart condition lives.
These machines are becoming more affordable than ever to own. If you or someone in your home has a situation that warrants the use of an AED, you can start shopping for one online. Some machines have been subject to recalls so it is very important to carefully select the device before purchasing it. You can get a recommendation for a suitable model from your cardiologist.