AEDs Were Made for the General Public to Use
Studies have shown that the majority of people report a lack of confidence in using an AED. And many think they’re not even allowed to use one.
But public access defibrillators are onsite because when Sudden Cardiac Arrest stops a victim’s heart, the only way to restart it is with an AED. And every minute’s delay decreases the chance of survival by 10%. Improving survival depends on shocking a victim within 3 minutes of collapse. And in fact, research has shown that 9 in 10 victims who receive a shock within the first minute survive.
Given the average arrival time for EMS is 6 to 13 minutes, that means we all need to be prepared to use an onsite AED, and to advocate for accessible AEDs to in all places youth congregate..
|An AED should be kept safely locked away.||An AED should ALWAYS be accessible.|
|You must be a medical professional to use an AED.||AEDs are designed for the public to use.|
|AEDs are onsite for EMS to use when they arrive.||AEDs are meant for bystanders to retrieve and use with 3 minutes of a person’s collapse.|
|EMS will always get to a cardiac emergency in time.||The average arrival time for EMS is 6 to 13 minutes.|
|You must be trained to use an AED.||No training necessary—an AED talks you through the steps.|
|You must be an adult to use an AED.||Research shows 11-year-olds can properly apply an AED within 90 seconds after receiving verbal instruction.|
|You’re responsible for determining if the victim needs to be shocked.||The AED device analyzes the heart rhythm.|
|You can hurt someone with an AED.||An AED will only deliver a shock if needed - you can’t mistakenly shock a victim.|
|You are liable if you try to use an AED and the victim does not survive.||The Good Samaritan Law is a national standard that protects anyone who tries in good faith to help.|