AED Training and Proper Maintenance
Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) came into use in the late 1980s. The device delivers an electric shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest emergency (to stop the abnormal heart rhythm and allow a normal rhythm to resume) and is simpler to use than the defibrillators found in hospitals and advanced life support ambulances. The simplicity and lower cost of the AED made it possible to place the units in public places where minimally trained personnel could use them on an unconscious patient prior to arrival of emergency medical services. A fibrillating heart requires CPR and an electrical shock in less than 5 minutes for the best chance at patient survival.
It is essential to check all of your AED batteries and pads on a regular basis to insure they are in good working condition.