American AED 101

What Does AED Stand For?
What is a Defibrillator?

Today’s modern AEDs have the following in common:

How To Use
Electrode Pads
Biphasic Waveforms

Types of AEDs

There are two types of AEDs:

Escalating Energy AED
Non-Escalating Energy AED

Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Chain of Survival

The American Heart Association has defined a “Chain of Survival” and it is now widely used and followed as the critical response to sudden cardiac arrest.

Cardiac Arrest Chain Of Survival

The “Chain of Survival” contains 5 lifesaving links:

  1. Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system. Call 911 or EMS as soon as possible. Locate an AED, if available, and bring it to the victim.
  2. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Emphasize fast and hard chest rhythmic chest compressions. This will help maintain the blood flow going.
  3. Rapid defibrillation. This is where the AED comes in handy. Defibrillation is the only way to restart the heart.
  4. Effective advance life support. An emergency team should take over from here and provide advance cardiac care.
  5. Integrated post-cardiac care.

Following these links can greatly increase the chances of survival and recovery for victims of cardiac arrest.

Helpful AED Links

  • First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Courses

    American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED programs are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. Additional training in blood borne pathogens, oxygen administration and injury prevention can be added to CPR and First Aid training to prepare you to prevent and respond to life-threatening emergencies.

  • What’s Public Access To Defibrillation?

    Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) means making AEDs available in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attacks live.

  • Automated External Defibrillator Program

    Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used to deliver an electrical shock to person(s) in cardiac arrest and have been shown to decrease mortality when used in conjunction with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

  • Cardiac Arrest and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

    To inform employers about the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), a life-saving technology, in the treatment of cardiac arrest at work. To provide an information resource to aid in decision-making about these devices at individual worksites.