An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is used to treat persons experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It is important to note that an AED should only be used on persons who are unconscious, without a pulse and who are not breathing. The AED will analyze the heart rhythm and advise the operator if a shockable rhythm is detected. If a shockable rhythm is detected, the AED will charge to the appropriate energy level and advise the operator to deliver a shock. Training is generally not required to use an AED, however, CPR training can enhance your understanding of proper emergency response to a cardiac event.
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