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AED means automatic external defibrillator. Many people recognize these as the shock pads used on heart attack victims by medical professionals. These devices are also becoming more common in public areas, including in businesses and schools. The reason is that an AED can save a life by getting the heart back to pumping in less time than it would take to wait for medical help. With public access devices now becoming the norm, it's important to understand how you can play a part in using these life-saving devices.
Can anyone use the AED?
Although these devices are completely accessible to the public, similar to a fire extinguisher, one shouldn't attempt to use one without training. Generally, any business equipped with an AED likely has one or more trained users on staff. If you suspect someone is undergoing a cardiac emergency, notify the staff first so they can bring the trained person in to operate the AED if necessary.
What if there are no trained staff?
In the event that no one on staff is trained in the use of the AED, there are two options. First, make sure there is no one else on site, such as a customer, that had the requisite training. Failing this, put in a call to emergency services, such as through the 911 system. The operator may walk you through CPR or AED use if they determine this is a necessary course of action. In some locations, they can also activate a service that alerts nearby persons with AED training that they are needed at a medical emergency.
Can anyone get AED training?
Yes, and by doing so you can save a life! AED training is typically offered in conjunction with CPR as well as other basic first aid training. The Red Cross offers this training or they can help put you in touch with other organizations that provide the training.
Is there a cost involved?
Cost varies depending on your location and the training institute you choose, but it is not generally expensive. You may also be able to have the cost reimbursed by an employer. Once you have certification you will need to renew the certification after specific intervals, which vary depending on the type of certification your choose. If you can get an employer-sponsored program started, then many trainers are willing to come to your site to perform classes when necessary.
For more help, talk to an AED training program near you.