Automated External Defibrillators

Written by Norene Anderson
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The average lifetime requires more than two and a half billion heartbeats. It all happens without any effort or interference on our part until something goes wrong. The heart must keep pumping at a normal rhythm to supply the body with the energy derived from the chemicals and oxygen in the blood. At the same time the blood is supplying energy, it is picking up waste to remove the impurities from the body. When the circulatory flow is blocked by plaque or the electrical circuit of the heart malfunctions, cardiac arrest may be imminent.

The Life-Saving Option of an External Automated Defibrillator

One of the latest life-saving devices to be utilized by the general public is the external automated defibrillator. This is a medical device previously used only by trained medical personnel such as nurses, doctors, and paramedics. This device has been simplified to where anyone with the ability to be trained in CPR can also be trained in EAD (external automated defibrillator) use. Before a prescription can be written for an EAD, there must be certified personnel responsible for the use of the equipment.

AEDs have becoming increasingly simple over the years. Many now operate with a single control. In addition, they tend to be quite small, making portability a viable option. There capabilities to save lives have also improved. For example, the CardioVive AT automated external defibrillator provides the ability to monitor the patient both during and after resuscitation. It even adjusts to the patient to provide the appropriate defibrillation level shock.

In addition to the public places offering the use of EADs, many known patients with a high risk for heart failure have purchased units to be used in the home. Again, this requires training before the unit can be obtained. It provides a great sense of security for the patient and the caregiver to know that immediate help is available. Not all heart conditions can be reversed with the use of a defibrillator. Your healthcare professional is your best source to learn if one might be a good investment for your home use.


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