Protecting Children and Youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest
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 page.
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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.