Every year, about 250,000 Americans die as a result of heart
disease. Most of these deaths occur suddenly from cardiac arrest.
Some medical experts suggest that the use of this new technology
might increase the initial survival rate of cardiac arrest victims
from 2 percent to as much as 40 percent.
Remember .. always call 911 or your local emergency
number first in any medical emergency.
does an AED good for?
When a human heartbeat is interrupted, damage done to the victim
is directly related to the length of the interruption. The sooner
a normal heartbeat can be re-established, the better.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) helps keep oxygen flowing to
the body, but it doesn't restart the heart. An AED can
re-establish a normal heartbeat if used early. By placing AED
equipment at many locations, in Baker County, it can help ensure
wider public access, and help many heart attack victims benefit
from this life-saving technology. In Baker County we have AEDís
on all fire trucks, and many Deputy Sheriffís cars. There will be
many more AEDís in other county and public places within the next
does an AED work?
An AED is an electronic device that delivers electricity to the
heart to re-establish a heart rhythm that will generate a pulse.
It also has a recording device to store the patient's
electrocardiogram and information about the machine's operation.
Because it includes a rhythm analysis system that determines if
the patient needs a shock, it can be used by operators who need
less intensive training than emergency medical technicians.
can operate an AED?
Any properly trained person can perform this vital procedure. No
formal education in medicine or science is required. All newly
trained CPR classes are trained in the use of AEDís.