When should an AED automated external defibrillator be used?
Similarly, how does an Automated External Defibrillator AED work?
Automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, are small computerized devices that analyze heart rhythms and provide the shock needed for defibrillation. Through electrodes placed on a patient's chest a processor inside the AED analyzes the victim's heart.
One may also ask, what rhythms will an AED shock? The AED is designed to shock VF or VT (ventricular tachycardia), which is a very weak but fast heart rhythm. There are other heart rhythms associated with SCA that are not treated with defibrillation shocks. A "No Shock Advised" message does not mean that the victim's heart rhythm is back to normal.
Also to know is, what is the difference between an Automated External Defibrillator AED and a manual defibrillator?
A manual external defibrillator differs from an automatic external defibrillator definition in the way you apply voltage. While an AED measures and applies the amount of voltage to use, a manual defibrillator does not. A manual device measures the voltage required, but you must apply it yourself.
How many times can you shock a patient with an AED?
If the operator has attached the AED to an adult victim who's not breathing and pulseless (in cardiac arrest), the AED will make the correct "shock" decision more than 95 of 100 times and a correct "no shock indicated" decision more than 98 of 100 times.