Est. time: 14 min

The American Red Cross reports approximately 250,000 Americans died last year of sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack), with nearly one death every two minutes. Individuals in cardiac arrest have historically depended on the assistance of a trained emergency medical technician or a triage unit for care, but may have lost their battle for life due to the critical minutes lost in waiting for help. Many of these deaths could have been prevented had an automatic external defibrillator been available at the time of the emergency. Developed by Michael Livovich, in this tutorial, you will learn about AED's, the signs of cardiac arrest and when to use an AED, and how to use an AED.