How Does an AED Help with CPR?

When someone is suffering from a cardiac event, or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), it is vital that a rescuer with CPR training quickly activate the emergency response system by directing someone to call 9-1-1 or calling themselves if no one else is available, and initiate CPR by beginning compressions to help the blood within the victim’s body start moving. When a victim is suffering from SCA the heart is no longer pumping blood from the heart to the muscles and throughout the body. 

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device used during the process of CPR by attaching two patches to the victim. Once the patches are attached, the AED analyzes the victim’s heart rhythm to determine whether or not the heart is in a shockable or non-shockable rhythm. If the heart is in a shockable rhythm, then the AED will prompt the rescuer to deliver a shock in an effort to restart the heart to enough of a normal rhythm to sustain normal functions of pumping and moving blood throughout the body. It is incredibly important to understand how the cardiovascular and respiratory system work together to deliver oxygen. CPR keeps oxygen and blood flowing and moving which greatly increases the chances of survival in those who suffer a cardiac arrest.

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