automated External Defibrillator
The Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potential life threatening cardiac arrhythmias which lead to cardiac arrest. Uncorrected, these cardiac conditions (ventricular fibrillation and tachycardia) rapidly lead to irreversible brain damage and death. After approximately three minutes, irreversible brain damage may begin to occur. For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without treatment, the chances of survival decrease by 10%. An A.E.D. applies electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. Dr. McCormick and his staff are trained in the use of the A.E.D., as well as in C.P.R..