An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a medical devise designated to "shock" the heart of a victim of a sudden cardiac arrest back into rhythm. Through the use of a computerized process, the AED can analyze and identify ventricle defibrillation (chaotic, unorganized movement of the heart) and ventricular tachycardia (abnormally fast contractions of the heart hindering blood flow), the two most common life-threatening heart rhythms that can be converted with electrical therapy.
  • Most AEDs are designated to be used by non-medical personnel. AEDs are safe, effective, lightweight, low maintenance and easy to use. Studies have shown sixth graders can be taught to use an AED.
  • An AED will not deliver a shock unless it is necessary. An AED costs about $2,000.00.
  • Any trained user is protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Law passed by congress.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 350,000 people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest including over 7,000 children according to the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association and the American Red Cross report that the chance of survival has moved from 3% with CPR to 50% with AEDs and CPR. For every minute that goes by without defibrillation a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival decreases by 10%. After 10 minutes the chance of survival is practically non-existent.

The American Heart Association and American Red Cross recommend the chain of survival program as the key to saving a cardiac arrest victim.
  1. Early Access (Call 911)
  2. Early CPR (Someone starts CPR immediately)
  3. Early defibrillation (Someone arrives quickly with a defibrillator to shock the heart back to a healthier rhythm.
  4. Advanced Care (EMS) personnel provides advanced life support including airway and breathing support, medications, and in some cases hypothermia.

AEDs can be purchased through the
Nicholas Ryan Over Foundation

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The NRO Foundation makes no profit off any AED sales.