What is an automated external defibrillator?

Published 01/22 2008 09:54AM

Updated 07/28 2010 02:17PM

What is an automated external defibrillator?
A device that automatically analyzes the heart rhythm and, if it detects a problem that may respond to an electrical shock, it permits a shock to be delivered to restore a normal heart rhythm. Abbreviated AED. Thanks to their small size and ease of use, AEDs have been installed in many settings (such as schools and airports) and serve a role in expanding the number of opportunities for life-saving defibrillation.

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