In many cases, children who die of sudden cardiac arrest have a heart arrhythmia, which are conditions that can disrupt the normal electrical function of the heart. To help prevent these deaths, it’s important to understand the use and function of automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
AEDs are portable devices that can check a person's heart rhythm and deliver electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat. AEDs can be used in emergency situations when a person has gone into sudden cardiac arrest. These defibrillators are often available in public places, and they can be used on both children and adults.