Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs): "Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
It is a device used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart.
Why are AEDs important?
To date, nothing can restart a stopped heart except an electric shock. When a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, for each minute that passes without defibrillation their chance of survival decreases by 7-10 percent. AEDs save lives!
Who can use an AED?
Most AEDs are designed to be used by non-medical personnel who have been properly trained.
Is an AED safe to use?
An AED is safe to use by anyone who has been trained to operate it properly.
What are the legal liabilities?
Everyone trained in AED usage is protected under Florida's Good Samaritan Law.