AED Implementation

What is an AED?

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device. An AED can check a person’s heart rhythm. It can recognize a rhythm that requires a shock to restore the heart to normal function. And it can advise the rescuer when a shock is needed.

AEDs are very accurate and easy to use. With a few hours of training, anyone can learn to operate an AED safely in combination with CPR training. There are many different brands of AEDs, but the same basic steps apply to all of them. The American Heart Association does not recommend a specific model.

Why should a licensed physician or medical authority be involved with purchasers of AEDs?

This is a quality control mechanism. The licensed physician or medical authority will ensure that all designated responders are properly trained and work with the company to ensure that the AED is properly maintained. He or she also can help establishments develop an emergency response plan for the AED program. The physician can work with you to implement the program in your workplace, review drills for quality control purposes, and review the results generated by the device if it is used.

Drake grad receives her diploma in her father's hospital room


Drake staff members Michael Ball and Matt Miller hooked up Drake's automated external defibrillator with the expert assistance of Dr. John Kuhnlein, an Ankeny physician in the audience who rushed over to help. The defibrillator advised administering a shock and Dr. Kuhnlein pressed the button to deliver the shock.
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