Protecting Children and Youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest
What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable medical device – adapted for use by laypeople - that that automatically diagnoses potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient and delivers an electric shock to the patient's heart. This condition is known as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The shock returns the heart to normal rhythm.
AEDs are about the size of an laptop computer. An AED consists of a power control unit and a set of electrodes, commonly called pads. Pictured below are examples of AEDs with links to the manufacturer's web pageType your paragraph here.
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