"Call 9-1-1! Grab the AED. Hopefully you have never had to yell out these words but if needed; wouldn't it be comforting to know that you were aware of the specific steps?
A recent study conducted in Denmark asserted that CPR, if done immediately, can result in a 30% lower risk of rehabilitation and/or brain damage. Since research indicates that 70% of all cardiac arrest occurs at home, a family member, caregiver, or friend might often be the home administering CPR an using an AED.
The use of the AED is critical as the life of a person is often dependent on its use. You may have seen one in your local grocery store, a movie theatre, a shopping mall, an airport and even your place of employment. But the question is.....do you know how to use it? There are fully automatic versions as well as semi-automatic and the AED prompts will guide you and tell you what to do next.
So your probably wondering; well, what exactly does the AED do? The AED's built in computer analyzes the heart rhythm and determines whether an electrical shock is needed.
Come take a CPR/AED class with us here at Help-A-Heart CPR and we can teach you not only how to use the AED on the Adult, Child, and Infant but also how to avoid the mistake of standing by helplessly and not doing anything at all.
Check out https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/aed/howtouse on more information on how to properly use the AED and adhere to safety precautions.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.