A simple device like the Access AED can save the life of a
loved one or colleague if used immediately. There is never enough time to be
wrong about not having one on your boat, RV or at your place of business.
With the low cost program that is now available it makes sense to
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History of Automatic External Defibrillators
Times are changing. In the past, it was believed only elderly people were victims of
Sudden Cardiac Arrest. New trends show children and young athletes are just as susceptible to experiencing a SCA. It is known that ventricular
fibrillation, the unstable heart rhythm, is the cause of SCA. Although modern science has come along way it has still not determined the reason ventricular fibrillation occurs. Currently, the only treatment for a SCA is conversion of the unstable rhythm by shocking the heart with an
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
The defibrillators have come a long way from the one first used by Dr. Claude S. Beck in 1947.
Dr. Beck was the first to save a life using a device the size of a breadbox with two metal tablespoons attached; at that time it was believed the paddles had to be placed directly on the heart of the patient.
In 1956, Dr. Zoll was the first to use a modified version of the device that allowed the paddles to be applied to the exterior of the patient's chest. The model used by Dr. Zoll weighed a whopping 200lbs. and was the size of a small dresser. During the 1950-1970s, the first external and portable models were developed. Although the defibrillators had become portable and external they still required a trained professional to operate the device. A doctor or nurse was needed to analyze the heart rhythm of the patient to determine whether or not a shock was warranted. In the 1970s scientists were able to develop the first AED. What made them automatic was scientists were able to implant a "brain" in the device that would allow it to read and analyze the patient's heart rhythm.
Over the past 20 years, models have been simplified enough for a child to operate. Today they are portable, small and affordable. The current models on the market range in weight from 2.5-11 pounds and $1500-$3700. Since making these advancements in
AED's they have become more accessible to the public and organizations around the world. It's amazing that a device you once could only find in an operating room, you can now find on airplanes, cruise ships, jails, sports venues, train stations, etc.