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Automated External Defibrillators (AED) (cont.)

The Future of Defibrillation

When AEDs were first introduced, they were used predominantly by EMS agencies, and their use was regulated strictly. As more and more states came to realize that AEDs are simple to use, the restrictions became less stringent. Today, many states have true public access defibrillation programs.

With defibrillators becoming more prevalent in communities, and with the greater public awareness of their value, the number of deaths each year from sudden cardiac arrest can be dramatically reduced.

It is hoped that, eventually, AEDs will become as easily available as fire extinguishers: on display everywhere and able to be used by anyone in an emergency.

As it stands today, we are closer than ever to realizing that dream.

  • Every day, AEDs are being placed in more and more locations such as airports, on airplanes, in offices, in public buildings, and shopping malls. One of the areas where AEDs have had the greatest effect has been in gambling casinos. This is because of the high security and surveillance; when a victim collapses it is immediately noticed and defibrillation is performed by trained staff in less than one minute.
  • The chances are increasing daily that, some day, you will get to use an AED to save the life of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Don't worry; all you have to do is press the "ON" button. The AED will tell you what to do next.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/28/2016

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