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FAQs about AEDs

What is an AED?
An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and delivers an electric shock to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
Who Can Use An AED?
AEDs are designed to be used by laypersons with minimal training. However, it is beneficial to receive proper training to increase confidence and effectiveness during an emergency.
When Should An AED Be Used?
An AED should be used on a person who is unresponsive and not breathing normally. It is crucial to act quickly, as the chances of survival decrease significantly with each minute that passes without defibrillation.
Are AEDs Safe To Use?
Yes, AEDs are safe to use. They are designed to deliver a shock only if it detects a rhythm that can be treated with defibrillation. They provide clear, step-by-step instructions and will not shock a person who doesn’t need it.
Do I Need A Prescription To Buy An AED?
In the United States, most AEDs require a physician's prescription for purchase. However, there are some models, like the Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator, that are available without a prescription.
How Often Should AEDs Be Maintained?
AEDs should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Regular checks include ensuring the battery is charged, the electrode pads are not expired, and the device is stored in a proper environment.
What is the difference between adult and pediatric AED pads?

Adult AED pads are designed for use on individuals over 8 years old or weighing more than 55 pounds. Pediatric pads or settings are for children under 8 years old or under 55 pounds, and they deliver a lower energy shock.

Where should AEDs be placed?

AEDs should be placed in accessible locations where large numbers of people gather, such as schools, gyms, sports facilities, workplaces, and public buildings. Visibility and accessibility are key factors.

How long do AED batteries last?

The lifespan of AED batteries varies by model but generally ranges from 2 to 5 years. Regular checks and replacement according to the manufacturer's recommendations are essential to ensure readiness.

Can AEDs be used in wet conditions?
While AEDs can function in a variety of conditions, it’s important to dry the victim's chest area as much as possible to ensure the pads adhere properly and the device functions correctly. Avoid using AEDs in standing water to prevent risk to the rescuer.

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