The acronym stands for automated external defibrillation. A defibrillator is a medical device that helps save life after a cardiac arrest. Defibrillators are important public health tools and are now used in all 50 states. This device has been proven to be highly effective for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. There are also laws in place that require the use of defibrillators.
AEDs are self-contained electronic devices that can analyze a patient’s heart rhythms automatically and provide immediate treatment. The vast majority of AEDs have visual displays, but not all of them. A self-checking procedure is recommended by manufacturers and the device is often equipped with a built-in check feature. However, if the device cannot be checked by a trained operator, the person must contact a medical professional.
Some AEDs have side effects, so it’s important to consult your doctor if you’re worried about side effects or want to avoid certain kinds of adverse reactions. Some can make a patient sleepy or drowsy and slow reaction times. Nevertheless, doctors often use AEDs as single medications only when the benefit outweighs the risk. AEDs should never be stopped abruptly, as this can trigger seizures. Also, do not take additional doses of AEDs without consulting your doctor. In fact, taking more AEDs may worsen side effects.
The development of AEDs is based on years of cardiac research. The company was founded by Dr Paul M. Zoll in 1980. He was the first physician to successfully use external defibrillation. His company now manufactures a variety of products that include defibrillation, cardiac monitoring, and circulation enhancement. Apart from the defibrillator, ZOLL offers ventilators and other medical devices.
The study found a significant association between AED usage and the chances of survival after cardiac arrest in a hospital. In the study, patients were classified according to the initial rhythm of their arrest. These were classified into two groups: non-shockable rhythms and shockable rhythms. Moreover, the models were adjusted for the time taken to defibrillate the patient. AED use was not associated with reduced survival rate in the later stage of the cardiac arrest.
Another AED that can be used to resuscitate a victim of sudden cardiac arrest is called an automatic external defibrillator. It is an electronic device that delivers an electrical shock to the heart. Its use is not limited to hospitals, but it can be used at home or in public places. This device is lightweight and portable, and can be obtained without a prescription.
The FDA is announcing a new rule for AEDs. Manufacturers must now submit a premarket application for AEDs and necessary accessories. The regulations will require that these devices are manufactured and tested to ensure they are safe to use. This new policy will help hospitals and doctors save lives. However, the FDA will not enforce this regulation until February 2021. It is a common practice for medical personnel to use AEDs, so manufacturers of AEDs and other necessary accessories must file a premarket application.