How many times have you walked by an AED? How many times have you needed to use one? AEDs are located just about everywhere because sudden cardiac arrest can happen at any time. But if someone is able to respond quickly and perform CPR or use an AED then the chance of survival increases drastically.
Last month, an AED saved a referee’s life at a basketball game in Independence, IA. After the referee collapsed, two bystanders were able to use the AED and perform CPR to save the man’s life. That’s why it’s important to learn how to use an AED through an official training and certification program.
What is an AED?
You’ve definitely seen an AED before, whether it was in a school, an office building or any other number of places, but you might be wondering what exactly an AED does. AED stands for automated external defibrillator. The device is used to help someone who’s experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. Basically, the AED analyzes the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, delivers an electric shock that restores the heartbeat.
What’s the Difference Between AED and CPR?
CPR and an AED are two different methods for responding to cardiac arrest. CPR, the more common of the two, uses chest compressions and rescue breathing to sustain a victim until emergency personnel are able to arrive on the scene. This procedure is different than an AED, which is a device, but both methods require proper training and technique to execute.
Whether it’s appropriate to use CPR or an AED, either method should begin within three to five minutes of the victim’s collapse. Since emergency personnel aren’t able to arrive within that time frame, it’s absolutely vital that bystanders are trained to respond to the emergency.
How to Get AED Certification
One of the benefits of AED certification is that it’s fast and simple. It only takes a few hours of AED training to learn how to use an AED because the device is designed to be easy to use in case of an emergency. If you or your business is looking for AED training and certification in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas, contact Hawkeye Fire & Safety.
Hawkeye Fire & Safety offers regular on-site training for AED usage and CPR. Hawkeye Fire & Safety also offers an AED maintenance program to ensure the equipment works in case of an emergency and provides regular first aid restocking as well.