automatic external defibrillator


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defibrillator

 [de-fib´rĭ-la″ter]
an apparatus used to produce defibrillation by application of brief electroshock to the heart, directly or through electrodes placed on the chest wall.
automatic external defibrillator (AED) a portable defibrillator designed to be automated such that it can be used by persons without substantial medical training who are responding to a cardiac emergency.
automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)) an implantable device that detects sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation and terminates it by a shock or shocks delivered directly to the myocardium, thus preventing sudden cardiac death. Three different types of electrodes may be used: a superior vena cava spring lead, a transvenous bipolar electrode, and a ventricular patch lead. One third of the patients who have had this device implanted have received spontaneous device countershocks. Other reported side effects are similar to those of pacemakers.

automatic external defibrillator

Smart defibrillator Cardiology A device designed to monitor the heart's electric activity and, if ventricular fibrillation is identified, deliver an electric shock. See Defibrillator, Ventricular fibrillation.

au·to·mat·ic ex·ter·nal de·fib·ril·la·tor

(AED) (aw'tō-mat'ik eks-tĕr'năl dē-fib'ri-lā-tŏr)
Device used to administer electric shock to arrest fibrillation of the atria or ventricles and restore normal heart rhythm; can be used by technicians without medical training.

au·to·mat·ic ex·ter·nal de·fib·ril·la·tor

(AED) (aw'tō-mat'ik eks-tĕr'năl dē-fib'ri-lā-tŏr)
Device used to administer electric shock to arrest fibrillation of the atria or ventricles and restore normal heart rhythm; can be used by technicians without medical training.
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(c) When an employee uses or attempts to use, an automatic external defibrillator consistent with the requirements of this section to render emergency care or treatment, the members of the board of directors of the facility shall not be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission in rendering the emergency care or treatment, including the use or attempted use of an automatic external defibrillator.
AED stands for Automatic External Defibrillator. If someone is experiencing a cardiac arrest, an AED is a lightweight battery operated portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart in an attempt to restore a normal rhythm.
The funds have been used to purchase nearly 100 automatic external defibrillators for county schools, law enforcement and community facilities.
These motorcycle ambulances are equipped with foldable stretcher, trauma kits, burn kits, automatic external defibrillators, portable oxygen, pulse odometer and glucose meter.
These motorcycle ambulances will be equipped with fold able stretcher, trauma kits, burn kits, automatic external defibrillators, portable oxygen, pulse odometer and glucose meter.
Full training in emergency skills is provided as well as the use of automatic external defibrillators and oxygen therapy.
District Judge has ordered Philips North America, as well as two Philips officers, to cease manufacturing and distribution of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) until they can comply with federal regulations in a consent decree, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration.
Charlotte, NC, March 10, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Cleveland Heart International (CHI) today announced it will commercialize CU Medical AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) in the US.
HEARTSINE is celebrating an increase in sales of its innovative Automatic External Defibrillators by more than 60% in the Middle East.
Leading health campaigners, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the British Medical Association, joined by the likes of Gerrard, boxer Amir Khan and Tottenham player Gareth Bale, have signed a letter urging David Cameron to support legislation which will ensure the provision of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the community.
The Reds and England midfielder signed up to a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron saying that "we are not asking the government to pay for these devices but for legislation that ensures automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are available in all public buildings, in a manner similar to the current provision of fire extinguishers."
Dr Ray has been called to assist in 10 emergencies and says most of the major airlines, particularly on long haul flights, have ample emergency equipment, training and protocols to deal with medical situations, including access to automatic external defibrillators and contact with ground-based emergency physicians for advice and instruction.

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