Over the last 10 years, advances in technology and design have made defibrillators easy to operate for people with little training. Modern automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are safe, easy to use, effective, and reliable. The defibrillator will only permit a shock to be delivered if a specific, irregular heart rhythm is detected. It will not allow a shock to be delivered if one is not needed. No longer must one sit and wait for help to arrive as precious seconds pass. No longer must one rely on CPR, which can buy time for a sudden cardiac arrest victim, but alone cannot save a life.
AEDs are simple to use, and designed for rescuers with minimal training. Simple voice and/or text instructions guide the rescuer through the resuscitation.
AEDs are designed to permit a shock to be delivered only when needed. The AED quickly analyzes the victim's heart rhythm through adhesive pads placed on the chest and only allows a shock to be delivered when a shockable rhythm is present.
Emergency Medical Group early defibrillation programs feature Philips HeartStart automated defibrillators, the leader in defibrillation technology. Philips defibrillators are located in a wide range of settings, such as office buildings, industrial complexes, hospitals, airports and airplanes, resorts, fitness centers, shopping malls and educational facilities. Now, defibrillation can be seconds away in the home, office, or in any public or private location where people work, live, and play.