Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable medical device used to provide "shock therapy" to an individual suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). An AED is the only tool available to combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Every year over 350,000 Americans are lost to Sudden Cardiac Arrest due to the fact that an AED was unavailable.
AEDs are becoming more and more common in churches, schools, gyms, dental offices, businesses, and other types of organizations. Some states have instituted laws, legislation, and mandates that require organizations to have at least one AED available to the its staff, members, and visitors.
The reason for AEDs being required is due to the fact that SCA can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.