An AED or automated external defibrillator is a medical device designed and recommended for use by almost anyone without any previous training, although familiarisation does help.
Its function is to deliver a powerful electric shock to the heart of somebody who has collapsed. It is the only treatment for somebody in this condition and speed is of the essence. No doubt you’ve seen a similar defibrillator being used many times on television programmes. It can save a life.
To date, the British government and others have purchased and installed around 10000 or more AED’s across the country with the aim of getting a defibrillator to a victim within 3 minutes. Around 60,000 people a year die from sudden cardiac death, often with no previous history and no warning. You will find them already installed in airports, railway stations, police cars, homes, shops and pubs factories and offices.
I started to sell defibrillators exactly 30 years almost to the day, in those days customers were sceptical of the technology and the prices were around £2700