Myths on the Matter: AEDs
February 4, 2021
AEDs, or Automated External Defibrillators, are portable electronic devices that help treat those who are experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs can analyze the heart’s rhythm, and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock to help re-establish a consistent heart rhythm.
General knowledge of basic first aid is becoming the new standard of care, and AEDs are essential for any facility’s success. Owning an AED is the first step in fostering a safe environment for customers. Before you start shopping, though, we’d like to set a few things straight by busting some common myths:
AEDs are only for highly trained professionals.
Most businesses need a safe place to store their AED. Consider that you will likely have your AED for years to come, so finding it a secure, yet visible, home is crucial. There are many different wall-mountable storage options available, such as brackets, cabinets and holders. Some cabinets have door-activated alarms and strobe lights to notify the public that the AED has been seized for rescue. Note that some cabinets are designed to fit a specific type of AED, and are not compatible with all AED models. Click here to explore cabinets.
AEDs are intended to help those experiencing a heart attack.
Heart attacks are caused by a blockage of the arteries in the heart, ultimately leading to destruction of a heart’s muscle mass. Sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical problem that leads to immediate oxygen deprivation and unconsciousness. Sudden cardiac arrests can happen to anybody—in fact, they often occur in people who live a healthy lifestyle. While they are two different conditions, sudden cardiac arrest can occur as a result of a heart attack, so if the person is unresponsive, an AED may be needed regardless.
AEDs are risky, because if the person dies, you could be at fault.
Good Samaritan laws are implemented in every state. If a layperson, out of good faith, steps up in attempt to save a life, they are legally protected. Because of this, no one should be afraid to intervene if a cardiac arrest occurs.
We hope this article cleared up some doubts you may have regarding AEDs. However, if you need additional information, let us help! Download our FREE eBook below to learn about specific AED types, features, accessories and more.
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