What does AED stand for?

AED stands for automated external defibrillator

What is an AED?

An AED is an electronic device that assesses the heart condition and sends a shock through the chest wall into the heart, if appropriate.

Who can use an AED?

Most AED's are designed to be used by non-medical personnel who have been properly trained.

Will an AED always resuscitate someone in cardiac arrest?

An AED treats a fibrillating heart that is experiencing an irregular heartbeat. In cardiac arrest, where the heart has stopped beating, the electrical current won't help. Instead, the heart needs CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).

Is an AED safe to use?

An AED is safe to use by anyone properly trained in their use. There are multiple safeguards in place to make it as safe as possible but there is always potential dangers with AED use, which is why training is important.

Can anyone buy an AED?

Yes, however, AEDs are manufactured and sold under guidelines approved by the FDA. Current FDA rules require a physician's prescription to purchase nearly all AEDs. AED manufacturers can usually recommend a physician from which to obtain a one-time prescription.

How much does an AED cost?

There are many different AEDs on the market. Some are designed for medical professionals and cost considerably more than the units designed for use by the general public. The average cost of a public access AED is between $1,000 and $2,000.