What is an AED? What does the AED stand for? Where do I do find an AED when I need one? As an American Heart Association Instructor these are questions that I get all of the time.
The acronym AED stands for "automated external defibrillator". Fortunately, the AED is becoming more widely available in area businesses.
The AED, roughly the size of a small laptop, transmits a portable electric device that gives a victim a better chance of recovering from cardiac arrest by telling the person using it how to use it to deliver a shock to the heart.
However, the AED does required periodic checks to ensure that it it working properly. Most are checked yearly by a certified inspector to make sure they’re in good working condition.
There are a lot of different makes and models of AED’s. Some batteries last 5 years or more, others only 2 years. Some AED’s emit an audible sound when they need repair, and some AED’s can do a self-check of their system on their own. However, if you have an AED, you should go around at least monthly and check your different AED’s on a weekly or monthly basis to make sure they’re in working condition,”
Lastly, remember that when an AED is used, the American Heart Association (2016) has indicated that the survival rate jumps to 74 percent. So if are a business owner and don't have an AED-you can contact me on how to get one. Or if you are a Dad or Mom or caregiver or simply want to know how to use an AED-you can contact me regarding our next AED certification class.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is the CEO of Help-A-Heart CPR, LLC and an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.