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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an AED?
A-E-D stands for Automated External Defibrillator. It is a small device that reads a
victim's heart beat, determines if it is abnormal, and delivers a shock if necessary.
AED's are easy to use, affordable, and are now seen a reasonable standard of care.

Are AED's safe to use?
AED's are very accurate and will not shock someone who is not in cardiac arrest.
When used properly and with appropriate precautions, AEDs are very simple to
operate and pose no risk to either the rescuer or the patient.

Can anyone use an AED?
Anyone who has taken a cpr class with aed certification can use an AED.

Each state has requirements for the use of AED’s that may vary. Most require training
in order to use an AED and others place additional requirements such as medical
direction and registration. You can go to http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/aed.htm
and get the requirements for your state.

Why should I purchase an AED?
AED's save lives! When someone goes in to cardiac arrest, their survival depends on
immediately getting CPR and defibrillation from someone nearby. Waiting for
paramedics will give the victim with a 5% chance of survival. For each minute that
passes without defibrillation, the victim's chance of survival decreases by 7-10
percent.

What is the cost of an AED?
The price of an AED varies by make and model. Most AED's cost between
$1,500–$2,000 approximately the cost of an HD TV. This is a small fee when
compared to the price of a human life.

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?
may not have heart disease. It can occur from a number of different medical, injury, or
environmental emergencies. It strikes people of all ages and degrees of fitness
without warning.

SCA affects 335,000 people every year in the US. It kills more people than Breast
cancer, prostate cancer, car accidents, and handguns combined. With the
widespread use of AED's, as many as 50,000 lives can be save every year