Cardiac arrest is the term given to the sudden loss of heart function. The person will collapse and stop breathing normally. The heart is no longer pumping blood around to the vital organs of the body.
Cardiac arrest is recognised if the person is:
3. Has absent or abnormal breathing
What is an automated external defibrillator (AED)?
An AED is a small, portable device designed to deliver a controlled electrical shock to a person experiencing certain cardiac arrhythmias. An AED can be purchased by individuals and organisations of all types to enhance their first aid capabilities and response. AEDs must be used in conjunction with CPR. AEDs have been designed to be used by the general community without formal training, and are equipped with verbal and visual instructions to guide the operator.