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You may have seen them around town but never knew what they were or what they’re used for.Marc Howard, of the Sedona Fire District, demonstrates how to use an Automated External Defibrillator at SFD Station No. 1 in West Sedona on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Sedona placed the first 10 AEDs in high traffic areas. The program has now dispersed 73 AEDs within SFD boundaries.

Automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, have been popping up around the country in heavily-populated areas within towns and cities for nearly a decade. Sedona has been no exception.

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, “An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person’s life.”

For the full story, see the Friday, Jan. 10, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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