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Can AEDs Make Mistakes?
Can AEDs Make Mistakes? - Departments & Programs, UW Health, Ambulatory Education, CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training (All Ages)
An AED will almost never decide to shock an adult victim when the victim is in non-VF. AEDs "miss" fine VF only about 5 percent of the time. The internal computer uses complex analysis algorithms to determine whether to shock. If the operator has attached the AED to an adult victim who's not breathing and pulseless (in cardiac arrest), the AED will make the correct "shock" decision more than 95 of 100 times and a correct "no shock indicated" decision more than 98 of 100 times. This level of accuracy is greater than the accuracy of emergency professionals.