An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.
SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person’s life.
For this lifesaving reason, the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) personnel were deployed from the various Ambulance service centers in Lagos State and trained at the Alausa office on the use of the newly procured AEDs.
We had an interactive session with the experienced staff of LASAMBUS where practical examples and scenarios where discussed to ensure proper and optimal use of the AEDs.