Anyone who can follow simple, clear instructions can use a defibrillation device. Fully automated defibrillators were designed to be used in emergency situations by people who happen upon an unexpected medical scene. While untrained bystanders may be leery about helping another person in an emergency, it is important to know that using an AEDs is not as scary as the situation may make it seem.

Using a combination of CPR and a defibrillation device improves the survival rate of the person experiencing cardiac arrest by as much as 74%. A full device is designed to administer an electronic shock only if needed. The bystander only needs to attach the device to the ill person following the instructions given. The machine makes the determination whether or not to produce a shock.

When coming upon a person in distress, first assess the situation. If the person is not breathing and appears to have no heart beat, call 9-1-1 right away for professional assistance. Then make sure the area around the patient is safe and dry to work in. Then follow the instructions and use the defibrillator with confidence. Because the machine evaluates the situation, bystanders who wish to help can feel more confident in assisting a heart attack victim.

AED use is common and recommended in places such as the workplace, public areas, schools and fitness centers.

Who Should Have an AED?

Any place where people gather can use full automatic defibrillator. Any place that needs a first aid kit should also have access to defibrillation devices. Schools, stores, businesses, churches and offices should have the machines available for emergency use. No one knows when or who a heart attack may strike. Having a fully automated defibrillator may just be the way to save the life of a stranger or someone you love in cardiac arrest. They are easy to use and safe. Use a fully automated defibrillator with confidence.