What is an AED ?
An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a user-friendly device designed for anyone to use in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. No special training, certification, or qualifications are required.
When do you use an AED ?
If someone isn't responding, meaning you can't wake them up, it’s crucial to call 000 to get emergency services on the way, and send someone to get an AED if there is one nearby and available
Also, if the person isn't breathing normally, which might include not breathing at all or making strange sounds like gasping or snoring, it's important to start CPR and use the AED as soon as you can.
How do you use an AED ?
Using an AED is easy. Just turn it on by finding the power button or opening the lid. Different AEDs may use one or both methods.
Once it's on, the AED guides you step by step. If you can listen to or follow these instructions, you can help save a life.
If you want to level up your life saving skill set, check out our CPR and first aid courses below.
How do you find your nearest AED ?
Heart of the Nation keeps a national register of AEDs. To find the closest one they know about, get their app from the App Store or Google Play.
Once you have it, open the app and tap the "Find your nearest AED" button in green. It'll show you the ten closest AEDs registered with Heart of the Nation within 5km of where you're searching.