First Link CPR And First Aid Training

AED Training

Firstlink CPR provides up to date training for AEDs. All CPR classes include AED training.

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AED Information

What is an AED? AED stands for automated external defibrillator. It is a computerized device that allows both lay rescuers and healthcare providers to attempt to defibrillate an unresponsive, non-breathing patient. Defibrillation is an electric shock provided to the patient to stop an abnormal heart rhythm. Studies have shown that AEDs significantly improve the chance of survival if used within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest. AEDs can be used on ages from one year old and up.

The most common initial rhythm in witnessed sudden cardiac arrest is ventricular fibrillation (VF). When VF is present, the heart quivers and does not pump blood. The most effective treatment for VF is electrical defibrillation (delivery of a shock to stop the VF).

AEDs are user friendly. The steps to operate an AED are as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Some AEDs turn on automatically when they are opened. For some models the rescuer must press the ON button.
2. The AED will tell the rescuer to apply the adhesive electrodes (pads). The pads have pictures on them to show the rescuer where to apply the pad.
3. If a shock is needed, the AED will advise the rescuer to push the SHOCK button. There are some AEDs that are fully automated but most require the rescuer to push the SHOCK button.

AED training is an integral part of the American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider course. For lay rescuers, it is an optional training segment in the Heartsaver CPR courses. There are no prerequisites to taking an AED course.