Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. With cancer statistics steadily falling each year, cardiovascular related deaths remain at the forefront of the attention in both the healthcare sector as well as the general population. For many Americans, training in CPR is quite common and is now done in combination with training in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator, AED. Understanding the basis of the AED’s success and the training involved, will ensure more adults are certified in this life saving cardiac technique.
Automated External Defibrillator, AED, is a life saving piece of medical technology used when a person begins to suffer from a cardiac arrest. It is during the cardiac arrest that the adult suffers from abnormal heart rhythm, known as arrhythmias, commonly attributed to a faulty electrical signal within the heart chamber. Symptoms of a cardiac arrest often include chest pain and a sudden loss of consciousness which can lead to death if the electrical signal in the heart is not restored promptly. In walks the AED.
With the AED now used in a variety of settings, such as airplanes, shopping malls and even in schools and libraries, individuals suffering from cardiac arrest are provided with one additional safe measure in medical technology which may mean the difference between life and death. In fact, even employers have begun to install Automated External Defibrillators (AED) as part of a routine first aid and onsite emergency care service to employees.
As the addition of the AED units continue in a variety of public and private settings, healthcare professionals have begun to obtain certification in AED usage in collaboration with standard CPR certification programs. For AED units installed in out of the ordinary locations, such as employer offices, AED programs are being launched with AED certification offered to employees willing to assume the role an meeting the certification requirements.
With cardiovascular disease continuing to plague the United States population, the use of the lifesaving Automated External Defibrillators has become a common piece of equipment. Unfortunately, installation of the AED unit, in libraries, schools and other public and private locations, is only the first key to providing AED service to the patient in cardiac arrest. Certification in AED use is the second part of this program, allowing for optimal application outcomes when used by trained personnel during a cardiac event.
For more information regarding AED installation and AED certification programs, visit www.aed.com.