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I think it is very important to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places such as bus stops or parks. By definition, AEDs are portable machines that can be used to identify cardiac rhythms and deliver shock in order to correct abnormal electrical activity in the heart. This portable machine can help identify which cardiac rhythm needs a shock and which one does not. And by this, victims can have a higher chance of surviving ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Cardiac arrest can occur anywhere but, it occurs mostly at home and public places, and AEDs can be important tool that can be used to initiate treatment or at least keep the victim stable until the individual is transferred to the hospital where advanced treatment can be given. I learned that AEDs can be powerful instruments that can be used to restore heart rhythm and at the same time helps to make cardiopulmonary resuscitation very efficient. This it does by reducing the time between last compression and delivery of shock. According American Heart Association’s basic life support manual, an analysis of numerous rhythm strips that was recorded before and after shock delivery shows that if rescuers will keep up with the time between shock delivery and last compression to 10 seconds or less, the shock is more likely to be very effective. This then will result in spontaneous circulation and prevention of ventricular fibrillation.

However, the most important thing will be how to make the public aware of the usage of AEDs. I quiet know that how to operate AED is very easy; as it is all about following the instructions specified during its operation. I also understand that training the entire public about how to operate AED will not be an easy task. We can however add basic life support as part of compulsory school curriculum in community colleges and universities to start with. However, irrespective of this little barrier, AEDs should be allowed to be installed in public places for easy access by those who might be involved in the rescue of a victim.

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