Sudden Cardiac Arrest Simulator Gives Realistic AED Experience


The HeartRescue Project, funded by the Medtronic Foundation, has released an interactive tool that simulates a first-person view of a public sudden cardiac arrest. The Save-A-Life Simulator places you in a mall setting, where a person collapses on the floor. Anxious and confused bystanders are hesitant to take action, leaving you with a choice to help the victim.

The simulator asks "What do you do?" in a variety of realistic scenarios, letting you choose your own path. While the general public knows about AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and understands what they do, using an AED on a collapsed victim is an emotional and anxiety-ridden event. Getting familiar with AED usage is paramount in acting quickly when sudden cardiac arrest strikes.

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