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An automated external defibrillator (AED) is designed to analyze the heart and, if a shockable rhythm is present, deliver a shock to a victim of cardiac arrest. But what is a shockable rhythm? And what happens when one of the AED shockable rhythms isn't present? If you are a potential AED user or [...]

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First aid training is a course that gives everyday people the knowledge and skills to respond to a medical emergency until more qualified help arrives. Usually, it can take up to 10 minutes or more for emergency medical services to arrive—critical minutes that can make the difference between life [...]

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30:2 CPR—cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with a ratio of 30 chest compressions to two rescue breaths—is an emergency lifesaving procedure that a bystander can perform if they see someone go into cardiac arrest. But are the rescue breaths really necessary, or can you simply give chest [...]

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Knowing the differences between cardiac arrest vs. stroke is important, as it allows you to recognize what is going on in an emergency and offer appropriate assistance. While the cardiac arrest and heart attack are often confused, the symptoms of a stroke are quite different from both of these [...]

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AED requirements in the state of Illinois are laid out in 410 Illinois Compiled Statutes § 4, known as the Automated External Defibrillator Act. The Automated External Defibrillator Act describes: Who is exempt from civil liability when using an automated external defibrillator Who needs [...]

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Teaching kids CPR for emergencies could save thousands of lives each year, according to an article published in The Lancet. In countries where CPR training is mandatory in schools, lay resuscitation occurs 60-75% of the time, compared to 20-40% in countries where school children do not learn [...]

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What should you do if you are using an AED and the device says "no shock advised?" If you are a designated first responder or expect that you might one day treat a victim of sudden cardiac arrest, it's important to understand: How an automated defibrillator works When an electric shock is [...]

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Most states have AED testing requirements to ensure that defibrillators are working and ready to use in an emergency. Conducting visual inspections and testing the device is the responsibility of the person or organization that owns the AED and must be carried out according to the manufacturer's [...]

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Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) dramatically increase survival rates from cardiac arrest, but which action should you take immediately after providing an AED shock? Knowing what to do after using an AED is not only essential for ensuring the best outcome for the victim. It's also [...]