Q. what is an aed?
A. An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm..
Q. do you have to be certified or qualified to use an aed?
A. No! That’s the best part about them. Once you turn the AED on, it literally walks you through every step of the process through a user-friendly display screen. If an AED is nearby, a bystander can and should administer basic CPR, and use the AED. By doing so, they might just save a life.
Q. why dont i see more aed’s in public spaces in my community?
A. That’s exactly why we started Jump Start Heart, to ensure that all public spaces have an AED on premise, including schools, golf courses, parks, dental and medical offices, hotels, sporting fields and venues, the list goes on. A sudden heart attack is not picky, it can happen anywhere so the more accessible AED’s are to the public, the more lives will be saved.
Q. where would you typically find an aed in a public space?
A. Schools will usually have at least one if not more at hallway junctions, and high-traffic areas like locker rooms, gyms, and cafeterias. Dental and medical offices will also have an AED. Most malls, fitness centers, sports venues, and major transportation terminals like train stations and airports will have AEDS nearby as well. These are often located near water fountains or restroom areas.
JumpStartHeart.org is in the process of creating an interactive mapping application to display all locations of AED’s in your area. Stay tuned for that nifty tool!
Feel free to contact us with any more questions you may have!