Fact: Most AEDs cost about $1,000, depending on the brand. A simple internet search can identify a local vendor who will provide numerous choices of manufacturers. Many companies offer CPR training and ongoing AED maintenance as part of their service.
Fact: The chest should be as dry as possible for the strongest and safest delivery of a shock. If possible, quickly dry off the chest, but DO NOT delay defibrillation if the AED suggests a shock is required.
Fact: People in cardiac arrest are clinically dead. Your actions can only help. AEDs are safe and effective and will not shock the heart unless a shock is medically needed to restore a heartbeat. The AED makes the choice to apply the shock, not the user.
Fact: AEDs can be used effectively by anyone who can follow simple visual and voice prompts. According to a study by the University of Washington, a sixth-grader is smart enough to use an AED correctly.
Fact: For every one minute without an AED or CPR, the chance of survival decreases by 10%. It usually takes 6-8 minutes for EMS to arrive, which is often too late.
Fact: The AED pads have pictures that explain where to apply the pads. If the pads are not properly applied, the AED will ask the user to correct their placement. Generally speaking, our legal system provides nationwide Good Samaritan protection, exempting anyone from liability who renders emergency treatment with a defibrillator in an effort to