Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

What is an AED?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable, safe, and easy-to-use medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm. If the heart is beating irregularly, the AED can deliver an electrical shock. This allows the heart to stop the erratic beating and gives it the opportunity to begin beating normally again.

Easy to Use

An AED uses voice prompts to tell the rescuer what to do. Formal training isn’t required to operate an AED; however, it is recommended as the training will increase your confidence of use.

Finding An AED

It is important to know where AEDs can be found.  Coming soon, this site will have a way for you to register your AED, so it can be quickly located when an emergency strikes.  In the meantime, check public areas, especially in areas where large numbers of people gather, to locate AEDs. Do this before an emergency occurs, so you can be prepared to help. The AEDs should be marked clearly for quick access.  Often, a sign will be near to alert people.  The sign may look similar to the image on the left.

Hands Only CPR + AED

Hands-Only CPR can save Lives. Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest and use an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, anytime one is available.

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What Is an Automated External Defibrillator? 

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