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How does an automated external defibrillator (AED) work?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
An automated external defibrillator (AED):
  • Recognizes cardiac arrest from rhythms that requires electrical shock
  • Warns when a shock is needed
  • Gives a shock if needed
  • Tells you to "stand  clear" from the victim for your safety
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