Make sure there is an AED every place you go!
Check to see if there is an AED at your gym, church, school... Anywhere you and your family go. If there isn't an AED talk to the property manager about getting one!
Have an AED or know the location of one?
Make sure it's registered with Lifesaver AED. They only work if they can be found.
What is an AED?
An automated external defibrillator is a portable, battery-operated device that automatically diagnoses a life-threatening heart rhythm. The AED advises the operator to deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, the most definitive treatment for reversing a lethal rhythm.
When do you use an AED?
An AED is used when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This person's heart has suddenly stopped and there is a loss of blood flow to the vital organs. As stated above the AED is used to treat a lethal heart rhythm and possibly restore blood flow.
Who can use an AED and can you be held liable?
AEDs are designed to be used by the public and do not require a medical background. Each AED provides step by step audio instruction to walk you through the process. Good samaritan laws grant immunity to volunteers who assist strangers in emergency situations, including using an AED on another person.
Can an AED harm someone?
No. AEDs are designed so that they will only shock a person whose heart rhythm is within specific life-threatening parameters.
Want more information on AED's
or assistance purchasing one? Contact SCCAD Outreach via email.