Sacramento, Ca (PRWEB) November 02, 2012
The use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) has improved the survival rate for heart attack victims by as much as 50 percent. AEDs can be found all over Sacramento such as in malls, government buildings, museums, libraries, airports, bus stations, and even in Sleep Train Arena.
AEDs consist of the AED “box,” which monitors the victim through the use of computer technology, has an on/off button, and which the pads plug into. An important part of the AED is the two pads which are placed on the victim and are wired to plug into the box. On some units the pads are made already connected to the box. Some models have a button that needs to be pushed to deliver a shock, while other models will deliver the shock on their own at the appropriate time. The AED and pads come in a carrying case that displays the AED ready for use when opened.
Both pads have an adhesive on one side so that they’ll stick to the victim. The pads come wired and the plug that gets plugged into the AED is configured so that it can only be plugged in one way. A diagram of the human torso showing proper pad placement is on the backside of each pad. After use the pads need to be replaced.
Some AEDs are powered with alkaline batteries and some are powered with lithium batteries. Whichever type of battery is used, the AEDs should be on a maintenance schedule to have the batteries changed or recharged as appropriate. After use the batteries should be changed or recharged.
AEDs come in many different makes and models. They can be purchased for a little over $1,000 and up. Some models are for training only and won’t function as a live AED. Some models can be changed back and forth from being a trainer to being a live AED. Others function as live AEDs only. It’s important that the proper type of AED is used for its intended purpose and that the user is trained in CPR by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
AEDs are simple to use. Prepare the victim, place the pads on the victim, plug the pads into the AED if necessary, turn the AED on, and follow the instructions. Once the AED is turned on it’s important that no one touch the victim. That could cause the monitor to misread the victim’s condition. Or it could cause a person to get shocked if they’re touching the victim when a shock is delivered.
The AED can speak in different languages by downloading different programs. When the American Heart Association updates their recommendations for treating heart attack victims those updates can be programmed into the AED by downloading new programs.
Most first aid training programs include a section on the use of AEDs. The user is encouraged to contact the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, or other reputable CPR & first aid training program for this lifesaving training. These companies also offer Group CPR classes in the Sacramento area. The local AHA in Sacramento provides CPR certification classes in Rancho Cordova.