Learning What an AED Device Is

Learning What an AED Device Is

Life-saving technology is critical, but you need to understand its purpose and functionality. When learning what an AED device is, there are plenty of important facets to discern. Here is a quick overview of the basics.

What Is an AED?

You have probably seen the sign showing a big red heart with a white lightning bolt down the center. This is the signage marking the presence of an AED, or automatic external defibrillator. Often a safety standard in buildings, an AED is the device used when a person is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Cardiac Arrest can come at any time and happen often enough that ordinary citizens should know how to use these devices.

What Can It Be Used For?

An automatic external defibrillator is used for the emergency treatment of cardiac arrest. Once applied correctly, the device analyzes the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart. This helps to eliminate the malfunctioning rhythm and encourages the heart to resume a normal rhythm. AEDs come with voice-guided instructions since many people have not practiced with them before an emergency happens.

How Can I Learn How To Use It?

The AED is a complex device, but the instructions are simple and easy to understand. Though you can quickly follow along in a time of crisis, it is best to learn beforehand. Consider watching videos online if you need a cursory explanation. If you want to be more equipped or your employer requires formal training, research local classes near you that provide AED certification.

Learning what an AED device is and how to use it can be difficult at first but understanding how to navigate and operate life-saving technology is an important skill. If you or your employer are looking to purchase an automatic external defibrillator, check out our AED devices for sale here at Frontline Health.

Picture of a LifePack AED

Why Should I Purchase An AED?

Each year, over 350,000 Americans die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest outside of a hospital. Cardiac arrest is a condition in which someone’s heart suddenly stops beating effectively. Unless quickly treated, a person who suffers cardiac arrest will die. According to the American Heart Association, the key to surviving cardiac arrest is early CPR and rapid use of an “Automated External Defibrillator” or AED.

Why do people suffer cardiac arrest?

Common causes include:


heart attack



drug overdose

excessive physical activity and contact sports

People of all ages are at-risk.

How can I treat Cardiac Arrest?

The most effective treatment for cardiac arrest is early CPR and a shock from an AED called “defibrillation.” CPR keeps blood flowing to prevent brain death, while the shock from an AED can reset the heart allowing it to return to a normal rhythm.


Picture of a LifePack AED

Ambulances can take a long time to arrive. In NYC, the average response time to life-threatening emergencies is over 9 minutes.
For each passing
minute without CPR and AED, a person’s chance of survival decreases 7-10%.


  • An AED will not deliver a shock to someone who doesn’t need it.
  • An advanced computer analyzes the victim’s heart rhythm to determine if a shock is required.


  • AED’s are designed for people without medical training.
  • Simply turn it on and a clear voice will walk you through the process, step-by-step.


If you put an AED on a patient within the first few minutes of a sudden collapse, their chance of survival could be higher than 80%.

Although cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a vital step in the lifesaving process and can keep blood flowing to the heart and brain for a short time, the shock from an AED is usually needed to save a life.

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CPR hand placement

How can I tell if someone needs CPR?

Your friend collapses at the gym and becomes unconscious!

A bunch of people run over, but no one seems to know how to help… Should you begin CPR?

These situations can often be scary. To help you remember what to do, it’s best to keep things simple:

No Response + No Regular Breathing = NEEDS CPR

That’s it. If you remember that simple equation, you can remember how to act when someone collapses. Let’s break this down a bit more:

“Response” means a patient moves, blinks, speaks, or otherwise reacts when you tap on his shoulders and ask if their okay.

“Breathing” means a patient’s chest moves up and down smoothly, quietly, and rhythmically.

Warning!   “Gasping” is not breathing. If you find someone who is unresponsive, and irregularly gasping – they need CPR.

How do I perform CPR?

If you see someone collapse…

Check Response: Tap-and-Shout on their shoulders to see if they respond. If no response…

Check Breathing:  Look at the chest for 10 seconds to see if it rises and falls normally. If no breathing or only gasping…

Call: or send someone else to call 911 and get an AED (defibrillator)

Care: Begin hands only CPR by putting the heel of one hand in the center of the chest between the nipples. Place your second hand on top of the first and lock your fingers together. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until the patient wakes up or a CPR certified individual arrives and takes over. If an AED (defibrillator) arrives, turn it on and follow the voice and visual prompts – the machine will tell you exactly what to do!

Hands-only CPR
Hand placement for CPR

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