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Anyone who can follow and perform the instructions provided by an AED can use it to save a life. Verbal instruction is provided by the device for each step of the rescue, and some devices supplement this spoken instruction with video.
Using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is as simple as turning the device on and following the instructions it provides. The AED will typically instruct the operator to call 9-1-1 and then to attach the electrode pads to the patient’s skin as displayed on the electrode package. Once this has been performed, the defibrillator recognizes the connection to the patient’s body, and the device will analyze the heart rhythm and decide if a shock is required. The device may then provide further instruction based on the analysis of the patient’s heart rhythm. Instruction may also include a prompt to begin CPR on the patient. Modern AEDs also have the ability to direct a rescuer in providing quality CPR.
An AED should be used on any person who is unresponsive and not breathing. Usually, the person is not moving at all. If a pulse check is performed, no pulse would be detected.
Having an AED nearby when a Cardiac Arrest occurs provides the best opportunity to save a life. Extensive research has shown that the survival rate from Cardiac Arrest is closely related to how quickly an AED can analyze a patient’s heart rhythm and deliver a shock if needed. Survival rate drops by approximately 10% for every minute in delay in providing a life saving shock.
Provinces across Canada have enacted legislation that protects individuals who use AEDs from Liability when they are used to save a life. Provincial Heart & Stroke Foundation offices can provide more detail on legislation in their province.
Customers who have had training from MediQuest’s Professional Instructors also have liability coverage by our National Medical Director, Dr. Edward Wasser.