Are AEDs safe and easy to use?

Posted: March 20, 2015

Smaller than a laptop computer, state-of-the art AEDs are lightweight and highly portable.

With features such as voice prompts and visual cues, AEDs are also extremely easy to use. In a study involving 8th grade students, more than 87 percent of participants were able to proficiently deploy an AED in a mock cardiac arrest scenario. Importantly, AEDs contain microprocessors that analyze the victim’s heart rhythm and have safeguards embedded to prevent administration of a shock to a person that does not require one.