Happy Valentine’s Day! Of course, Valentine’s Day has us thinking about hearts...and hearts have us thinking about AEDs.
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator.
If a person’s heartbeat becomes irregular, too fast, or too slow, an AED can apply electricity to help the heart establish an effective rhythm.
The portable defibrillator has something in common with the TS Kennedy. Its age! The portable defibrillator was invented in the mid-1960s by a man named Frank Pantridge. He was from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
AEDs can be found throughout the TS Kennedy. They are standing by on the Bridge, in the gym, on the Quarter deck, in the Crew Mess Deck, and in the After House. The 1/C Medical Rates check the AEDs daily.
Every cadet at Massachusetts Maritime Academy is required to take a First Aid course in their first semester. One of the things that they learn in that course is how to operate an AED.
Of course, the cadets and crew aboard the TS Kennedy hope that all of their hearts remain healthy throughout Sea Term 2020, but are comforted to know that the AEDs are onboard if an emergency arises.