If a person suddenly collapses, they may be suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
A cardiac arrest is an emergency. It means there has been a sudden loss of function of the heart causing it to stop pumping blood all around the body. An Automated External Defibrillator, also known as an AED, or AED machine can save a life when someone suffers a cardiac arrest.
Approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease (CVD) – including coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and other circulatory diseases. CVD is the most common cause of death in Ireland, accounting for 36% of all deaths. The largest number of these deaths relate to CHD – mainly heart attack – at 5,000.
Did you know that over 5,000 people in Ireland die every year from a Heart Attack?*
The most important element in the treatment of a sudden cardiac arrest is to provide a rapid shock to their heart called defibrillation. The shock resets the heart’s electrical system and allows a normal heart rhythm to return. An automated external defibrillator (AED) helps ordinary people to administer defibrillation quickly.
Philips AED machines are designed to coach you through the process, even if you haven’t been trained in CPR. You don’t need to worry about diagnosing the victim correctly. The Philips AED will analyse the heart rhythm and tell you to deliver a shock if the victim needs it. All you need to do is open the AED and follow the clear, calm voice instructions. You’ll be told how put the pads on the victim so the machine can detect the heart rhythm.
Philips AED’s actively adapt the instructions to keep you on track. Intelligent sensors assess and automatically deliver the right shock, at the right time ‐ personalised to every man, woman, or child.
* Source Irish Heart Foundation
Stock update – currently, the following Philips products are on restricted supply across Europe:
FRx AED & HS1 AED
As a result, there is an extended lead time on all AED orders.
Please note; if you are purchasing an AED for an outdoor cabinet, the AED must be stored in a heated outdoor cabinet as temperatures below 0 degrees can adversely affect the battery and unit.