An automatic external defibrillator, or AED, is a device that has saved countless lives. It works by checking a person's heart rhythm and shocking the heart back to normal rhythm if necessary. Studies have shown that early use of an AED can increase a person's chance of surviving cardiac arrest.
There are a number of places that should have AEDs. Below is a list of five of the most important places that should have AEDs:
High Rise Buildings
The floor you live on could have a negative or positive effect on your chances of surviving cardiac arrest. A study that was done by the Canadian Medical Association showed that people had the greatest chance of surviving cardiac arrest if they lived on floors one through three. However, a person's chance of surviving cardiac arrest goes down drastically if he or she lives on the 16th floor or above.