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It is said that AEDs or automated external defibrillators can save 50,000 individuals every year, given that the first responders know how to use an AED and can get hold of an AED, as claimed by the American Red Cross. Now that is a lot of lives saved by a machine that is so little.

With the number of lives mentioned, it is advisable for us to have a training on how to find and use an AED machine, thus briefly below are some quick guides for users to know the basics about this machine.

The number one to learn is the basic description of an AED machine. Commonly abbreviated as AED, an automated external defibrillator, is a machine that provides to the heart of a victim facing a cardiac arrest an electric shock. This fairly small device is a lightweight machine that is portable enough for one to carry.

It is very easy to use and has step by step instructions on how to use it. One does not need to be a medical professional to be able to use an AED. Anybody can safely use an AED, and it is during training in AEDs happened in first aid or CPR classes that a responder gets familiar with the machine.

Note that an AED is the only means considered to restore a regular heartbeat of someone during cardiac arrest. The simple definition of cardiac arrest is when the beating of the heart stops, and it is caused by a malfunction in the heart called an arrhythmia.

Described as an irregular heartbeat, arrhythmia has several different kinds, where some may cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow, and others can cause cardiac arrest or stop the beating of the heart.
Be aware that a heart attack is not the same as a cardiac arrest. In a heart attack, the blood flow is unable to reach the heart which lead some parts of the heart tissue to die, but the heart continues beating. This condition of cardiac arrest has on one known cause for, and the likely links of the cardiac arrest are believed by doctors to be coronary disease, physical stress or a genetic disorder.

Know that an AED machine is built up with a small computer and two wires that are connected to adhesive pads. By placing the adhesive pads on the chest of the victim, the computer can check the heartbeat, and this is how the machine works. Through the computer reading, it is then decided if the patient would need a shock to return the heart to beating normally.

The AED machine prompts the responder to press the shock button on the machine if the patient would require electric shock via defibrillation.

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