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Chapter 12: Glossary Of Terms

Adult – Anyone who has gone through or is going through puberty

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – A device that analyzes the heart rhythm and determines if an electrical shock is required to restore a normal heart rhythm

Child – Someone who is older than one year of age

Cycle – Each cycle or set consists of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths

Compressions – Act of pushing on the chest

CPR – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation comprised of chest compressions and breaths given to people considered to be in cardiac arrest

Defibrillation – An electrical impulse that eliminates abnormal, rapid heartbeats

Good Samaritan Law – Provides legal protection to people who willingly provide emergency care to injured persons, without accepting anything in return. The law protects people who act the same way a ‘reasonable and prudent person’ would if that person were in the same situation.

Infant – Someone who is younger than one year of age

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