An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a device used for a person with a sudden cardiac arrest. The AED delivers an electric shock to bring the heart back into a normal rhythm. In a cardiac arrest, it is of great importance in order to recognize this as quickly as possible and provide assistance as quickly as possible. Read all about the use and capabilites of AEDs.
Everyone can and should use an AED in an emergency. An AED is very easy to operate. Volunteers at HeartsafeLiving take a training to act quickly and effectively in an emergency and need to follow a refresher course annually. HeartsafeLiving requires this because it is important that volunteers are aware of all developments and that they know how to act in situations with a lot of stress.
Once someone opens or turns on the AED, a voice begins to tell what to do. On an AED usually are only two buttons: one to turn on the device and one to administer an electric shock. The device provides spoken instructions. After pasting the electrodes on the chest of the victim, the AED automatically analyzes the heart rhythm. It then will tell you whether the victim should be given an electric shock. If this is the case, the rescuer with the AED gets clear instructions for administering this shock.
An AED can be identified by the following logo:
The number of AEDs is growing. Most circulation arrests happen at home. This means that it is of great importance that there are AEDs provided in each district and village. In other public places there are AEDs too, like in shopping centers, public buildings, sport facilities and restaurants.
Volunteers at HeartsafeLiving have access to information about the locations of the AEDs via their login page on the site of HeartsafeLiving. Volunteers also can manage within their profile their own AEDs. In this way they use a proper registration and also a check on expiry dates of the materials, such as batteries and electrodes which need to be replaced periodically. The software of HeartsafeLiving provides an automatic notification to the owner of the AED if the AED requires regular maintenance.
To maximize the success of HeartsafeLiving there are not only many volunteers needed, but also many AEDs. There are many companies, associations, institutions and individuals who have an AED. Click here to register your own AED at HeartsafeLiving.
Premise of HeartsafeLiving is that AEDs in emergencies 24/7 must be accessible smoothly to volunteers. At the same time the devices must be protected against frost, rain, dust, vandalism, theft and other bad influences. Therefore, there are locked AED cabinets in use, highly suitable for use in residential areas. These can be opened by the dispatch center from distance or with a PIN code. In the latter case, the volunteers received the PIN code in a message on their mobile.