What is the Difference Between an AED and a Defibrillator?
What is an AED?AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. A sudden cardiac arrest will kill nine out of ten patients it affects if bystanders do not intervene. CPR is often the first line of defense when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, but when performed incorrectly does not have the desired effect. AEDs were developed to enable non-medical personnel to administer life-saving electrical shocks to the heart of a person experiencing a heart attack. These devices are equipped with electrodes, pictorial instructions, a monitor, and a beep that alerts the user as to when to administer the shock. In cases where a bystander is able to effectively use an AED, the patient's likelihood of survival increases by 300 percent.
What is a Defibrillator?
All defibrillators serve the same purpose. They are meant to administer an electrical shock to get the heart beating the way it should. While an AED is a type of defibrillator, it is by no means the only type. Internal and external manual defibrillators, semi-automated external defibrillators, implantable cardioverter defibrillator, and wearable cardiac defibrillators are used to treat different types of cardiac conditions in a hospital setting. Manual defibrillators have capabilities that automated models do not. From delivering pulses of electricity to the heart to stimulate contraction of the heart to converting arrhythmia to a normal heartbeat, manual defibrillators are designed for use by medical personnel who are trained to detect different heart problems and treat them appropriately. In some cases where an AED was first used to treat a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a manual defibrillator later is used to treat a patient.