Using An AED
As medical technology continues to evolve, there will be a more “do it yourself” aspect to certain things. No longer do we run straight to the doctor with a fever. We now have medicines available to anyone to help treat it in the home. And now, more and more things are being able to be treated by untrained professionals. One of the most advanced systems for such a thing is the AED.
An AED is an automatic external defibrillator. It is a device which can be applied to a patient who is no longer breathing to apply an electric shock, capable of jump-starting their heart. It can really save someone’s life.
Previously, these devices had to be applied only by trained doctors or EMTs in the field. You had to know how much shock to give the person, and how often. You really could harm someone if you didn’t know what you were doing. The AED has sensors built in to control and determine all of these variables, so that it can be used by virtually anyone. The only thing that needs to be know is when to break it out for use.
That doesn’t mean that is is completely foolproof. Even doctors can make mistakes in the ER, and the same would occur out in the world. There are instructions that need to be followed when using the device, so it helps if people have some familiarity with using one before actually doing so. But lack of training should not completely stop you from at least trying to help someone in a life or death situation.
As time goes on, there will be even more devices like this that will make dealing with medical emergencies much easier for all.