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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Survival rates plunge 7–10 percent every minute defibrillation is delayed* EMS and hospital code teams can encounter delays.

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2 Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Survival rates plunge 7–10 percent every minute defibrillation is delayed* EMS and hospital code teams can encounter delays Quick action by the first person on-scene can save a life. Adapted from text: Cummins RO, Annals of Emergency Medicine 18: % Success Time (minutes ) Success rates decrease 7-10% each minute * Non-linear 0

3 What is an AED?  Device that looks for shockable heart rhythms  Delivers a defibrillation shock if needed  Small, portable, size of laptop computer  Simple, automatic

4 What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)? Used to save the life of a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Specifically designed to allow non-medical personnel with minimal training to successfully defibrillate Safe – Only shocks a patient if a shock is needed –The AED determines if the patient is in Sudden Cardiac Arrest, not the person providing treatment

5 Anyone Can Use an AED –Voice prompts and visual cues designed for the minimally trained user –It “talks” the user through the process in non- medical terms


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