What is an AED, and why are they vital in saving lives?
AED stands for 'Automated External Defibrillator', which is a device that detects lethal heart rhythms which stop the heart from pumping effectively, and then allows a rescuer to deliver a measured shock to a revert these rhythms, so the heart can pump effectively again.
The only way to revert lethal cardiac arrest rhythms is using a defibrillator e.g. AED. Statistically, for every minute lost without defibrillation, you lose 10% probability of saving a life The Average Ambulance Response Time in major metropolitan cities of Australia is approximately 16 minutes. If you apply a measured shock from a defibrillator to a person’s heart suffering a lethal rhythm within the first minute, they have a 70% chance of survival.