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Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Last year, the on-field cardiac arrest of football player Damar Hamlin raised the profile of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). While the AED helped save his life, many of us have little knowledge or experience using these life-saving devices.

After Damar’s experience, The Washington Post published a helpful piece about what an AED is and how to use one, and contrary to what many believe, an AED is for everyone to use, not solely medical professionals. The machine tells the user what to do and, most importantly, what not to do. It’s an ingenious, incredibly useful piece of medical technology.  

During American Heart Month, we should all take a few minutes to familiarize ourselves with AEDs, where they are located in our workplaces and how to use them. We may be in a position someday to use one to save a life.

“We may be in a position someday to use [an AED] to save a life.” 

––Tara Federici, Vice President, Technology & Regulatory Affairs, AdvaMed

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