For detect and treat the acute onset of cardiac arrhythmia, an Automatic External Defibrillator or commonly known as an AED is used. In many public buildings, restaurants, and health facilities, such machines can be found. In the unlikely event that an AED needs to be used, the simple design and operation allows even an untrained individual to provide a person in distress with much needed help. Such self-contained units automatically evaluate the potential threat, advise the user to request, fee, and deploy on a need-based basis. That role eliminates the guesswork from what the difference between life and death might be. As many of us have come to find, the onset of a stressful situation where a life can hang in the balance is extremely difficult to cope with let alone support. Using such medical equipment helps alleviate a great deal of this fear.
In an already stressful situation, the sensors installed into an automated defibrillator will identify and signal the need to respond to minimize guesswork. When an AED is turned on, the device will instruct the user how to place the electrodes (pads) on the affected individual and will automatically assess the individuals ‘ heart rhythm. If it is determined that the automatic defibrillator must be used, the unit will charge and instruct the user to clear the area around the individual and prepare to deploy any necessary shock. Based on its intrinsic simplicity, the use of an automatic external defibrillator allows even an untrained individual to assist an afflicted person. Additionally, the defibrillator will track the amount of necessary charge and frequency of delivery in order to provide essential information to medical response teams. This is particularly helpful in public settings where many passers are not trained as medical professionals such as at a health club or a public building.
Though an individual suffering from a cardiac arrhythmia will still require medical attention, an automatic external defibrillator may make the difference between healthy recovery and irreversible brain damage or death. Electrical therapy, like that delivered from an AED can significantly reduce potentially life threatening situations and the administration in cases of heart distress is protected so that individuals are empowered to assist if necessary without fear of repercussion. Cardiac distress can occur at any time and for a number of reasons with or without warning. Since the potential exists and can affect any age of individual it is important to be properly prepared for such an event.