Common Concerns About the AED
The introduction of AED when it comes to saving lives has significantly increased the survival rate when it comes to people suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Unfortunately, there are still a few who are in doubt as to whether getting an AED is worth it.
AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a portable device used by responders in order to assess whether a victim is suffering from cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Aside from assessing the condition of the victim, an AED is also used in order to administer electrical shocks in order to allow the heart to get back to its natural beating pattern.
Although most states require the presence of at least one unit of AED in most public and private establishments, its use in a household is still optional. That being the case, one can see a significant increase in survival rate for people suffering from cardiac arrest while outside of their own home as well as outside of any medical facility. One of the many reasons why homeowners are still hesitant about getting an AED is the fact that they are not thoroughly familiar about what the AED is all about.
For one, not many people are quite aware of the fact that AEDs can actually be used on infants. This is a recent development that was recently approved by the American Heart Association (AHA). What’s more, recent studies have shown that, when using AEDs, it does not matter whether you use adult pads or pediatric pads in children. What AHA would like to emphasize on is the importance of delivering the needed electrical jolts than letting the heart stop altogether.
Very few people are also aware of the fact that AED units can actually tell you whether there is a need to administer electrical jolts or you can just do chest compressions. As we have mentioned beforehand, AEDs are able to assess the situation of the victim. Based on the information the built-in computer is able to gather, the machine would prompt the responder whether there is a need to administer electrical shock or not. If there is none, the machine would most likely prompt the responder to start administering CPR instead.
With an AED within your home, you are actually able to up the chances of survival of a person suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest by about 74%. That is a significant improvement over the chances of anyone surviving without the help of an AED or with CPR not being administered within three minutes. The latter is at 5%.
In order for the use of an AED to be maximized, most professionals recommend placing it in an accessible place, somewhere where the unit can be accessed and used on the patient within a matter of 3 to 5 minutes. In private and public establishments, it should be situated in high-risk areas. In homes, however, it could be placed in an area with high traffic.