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Defibs Save Lives – AED FAQs

What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable emergency life-saving device for use in the event of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Anyone can use an AED, even a child, if they are able to follow the verbal instructions it provides, you do not require any official training to use an AED. To learn more about AEDs CLICK HERE

Why do we need AEDs?

When the heart stops beating during Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) an AED can help get it started again and back to beating in normal (sinus) rhythm. Using an AED together with CPR is the only way to restart the heart. Approximately 360,000 Americans will suffer an out-of-hospital SCA each year, this means that the unfortunate event takes place away from a hospital and usually at home or in a public place. With CPR alone the chance of survival of SCA stands at only 9%, however with CPR and the use of an AED combined this chance increases to over 50%.  To learn more about AEDs CLICK HERE to download our educational resource

When do I need an AED?

An AED should ONLY be used during Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) events. If located and used quickly they increase the chance of survival to over 50%. To learn more about Sudden Cardiac Arrest CLICK HERE to download our educational resource

Who can use an AED?

ANYONE can use an AED, of any age or occupation, as long as they are able to follow verbal instructions provided by the device. You cannot cause any further harm by using an AED and as the device provides clear instructions you do not require any official training to operate the device. Want to teach your child about AEDs? CLICK HERE to download our children’s resource

How do I use an AED?

AEDs are very easy and simple to operate. Once a device is located you turn it on, attach the included PADs to the patient’s chest and then follow the verbal instructions provided by the device. Many models now have instructions available in multiple languages and are designed so that a child can follow them. Learn how to use an AED CLICK HERE to view our training video

How much does an AED cost?

The cost of an AED varies depending on the model and additional features. Their price range usually start around $1000 but can reach over $2000 for higher specifications and features such as WIFI tracking. AEDs should always be purchased through a legitimate supplier; second hand models can be sold for lower prices, but you will not receive the appropriate warranty or guarantee that the device is in fully working order. Arrhythmia Alliance provides three price packages to help make purchasing an AED easier.  Interested in purchasing an AED? CLICK HERE to view our AED packages

Where is my nearest AED?

AEDs are commonly located in public locations such as schools, fire stations, police stations, hospitals, parks, beaches, grocery stores, playgrounds, libraries, swimming pools, theme parks, malls, sporting facilities, fitness centers, golf courses, airports, bus stations, hotels and many more.

It is vital that an AED is located and used within 6 minutes of a out-of-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) event, therefore it is important that you know where your nearest AED is located and the distance to retrieve it. CONTACT US For help locating your nearest AED. Does your community, clinic or workplace have an AED? CLICK HERE to register it on our AED map

What maintenance is needed for an AED?

When an AED is placed a guardian should be assigned to monitor maintenance and regular checks to ensure that the device is in good working order.  Most AED models will have an alert light or window that displays if the device is having any issues. It is recommended that your device is checked every 1-2 months and that the batteries are changed according to the date printed on the device unit. Who should be guardian for my AED? CONTACT US for help assigning a guardian

When do I need to replace the battery in my AED?

AED batteries usually need to be replaced every 2-5 years. On most devices the battery ‘use by’ date will be printed on the battery unit. AED batteries should regularly be checked to ensure the device is in good working order. An AED battery MUST ALWAYS be checked following use, if a device is used to administer a shock then you should check if the battery has been drained and needs replacing.  If you need any help replacing a battery or you believe there is a fault with your device battery, you should contact the customer service for your model


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