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Automated External Defibrillators

07 December 2011

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a medical device that analyses a person’s heart rhythm and, when needed, delivers a shock to sudden cardiac arrest victims who are in a shockable heart rhythm.

The IMB has published this leaflet to provide advice on selecting and purchasing an AED for use in a community setting. It also provides recommendations for maintaining the device after it has been purchased.

Automated external defibrillators - leaflet 

Print Copies
To order printed copies of this leaflet please complete an order form and return it by email to or alternatively fax it to (01) 676 7836. You can also request copies by phone by contacting (01) 676 4971.

Date Printed: 19 April 2014

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