What The Heck Does A.E.D. Stand For?

You’ve seen these signs just about everywhere in public. They’re right here. Look below.

AED

That’s a sign that says there’s an automated external defibrillator nearby. That’s comforting. Sort of. Assuming you dudes and dudettes know what an automated external defibrillator really is.

Basically, that’s a machine that will help you save a life.

Not only is this machine a literal life saver, it also is so easy that anyone who speaks English will be able to use it.

This device will talk you through the steps necessary to use it so you can electrically shock a person’s heart back into a normal rhythm.

Yeah, that’s right. You know in all those medical dramas, when the patient is circling the drain and the doctor starts telling people to charge. Then she starts rubbing these paddle together, yells to get clear and then presses the paddles to the patients chest? Then the patient convulses up into an arch?

That’s what this does. It sends a massive current of electricity through a dying patient, shocking the heart back to beating in a normal rhythm.

One quick note: the holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. Which means there are going to be a lot of people suffering through cardiac events. It might even be the person standing right next to you.

Instead of panicking, wouldn’t you rather know what to do? While this device might be automated and easy to use, people still need to put it to use if it’s going to do any good. Which means it’s up to dudes like you to know what to do.

Fortunately, this device is so easy to use, you can learn to do it just bey heading over to the Heart Rescue Now website and watching a short interactive video.

No, I’m not kidding. It’s that easy.

All you have to do is watch the video and, at certain appropriate points, click on one of two choices and you will know exactly what to do should this situation arise while you’re out in a public place.

You can save a life.

Spread the word. Let other people know about this website and learn how to use an A.E.D. You never know. You might be the person who needs help. And, if you do, let’s hope someone nearby has gone through this video.

Go there. Spread the word. Five minutes of your time is a really small price to pay to save a life.

— Richard

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