While automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have become much more common today, too often, AED's have expired pads, expired batteries, been recalled, and/or contain old software. While having an AED is a critical first step, properly inspecting your units could mean the difference in a life-or-death situation.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are medical devices designed to shock VF (ventricular fibrillation) which is the uncoordinated heart rhythm most often responsible for sudden cardiac arrest or VT (ventricular tachycardia), which is a very weak but fast heart rhythm. Without medical attention, the victim collapses, loses consciousness, becomes unresponsive, and dies. The chance of survival from sudden cardiac death diminish by 7 – 10% for each minute without immediate CPR or defibrillation. After 10 minutes, resuscitation rarely succeeds.