AED Education

What is an AED?

An AED or Automated External Defibrillator can be a lifesaving device when used correctly, and immediately, in the occurrence of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (also known as SCA) (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2011). SCA is the event when the heart unexpectedly stops beating, which stops blood flow and oxygen delivery to the body. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, but risk factors for SCA include smoking, obesity, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, and alcohol abuse, age, diabetes, being male, and having a previous heart attack.

What am I supposed to do if I suspect someone is in sudden cardiac arrest?

  1. If possible, send someone after the building’s AED and call 9-1-1
  2. Begin CPR for 2 minutes, then use the AED to deliver shock
  3. Check for vital signs, and continue with 2 minutes of CPR, followed by a shock
  4. Repeat step 3 until a vital sign is found, or until emergency personnel arrive

What does NEMO Heart Health do for AED education?

Currently, NEMO Heart Health has demonstrated proper AED use and maintenance through media and presentations throughout Northeast Missouri. To request an AED demonstration at your local business or organization, email us at

Did you know?

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. It occurs unannounced, and must be dealt with immediately! Defibrillation from an AED is a victim’s best chance for survival. Up to 50,000 deaths could be prevented in a year if AEDs were present.



American Heart Association (2010). The Highlights of the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelinesfor CPR and ECC.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2011, December 2). What is an automated external defibrillator? Retrieved from 

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2001). Cardiac arrest and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) (OSHA Publication No. TIB 01-12-17). 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2001). Cardiac arrest and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) (OSHA Publication No. TIB 01-12-17).