All About Automatic External Defibrillator 

What is Automatic External Defibrillator? 

The Automatic External Defibrillator is a portable lifesaving device that is used to return the beating of the heart to the normal rhythm. The device uses a shock to restore the natural rhythm of the heartbeat. The device is lifesaving especially for those suffering from Arrhythmia. People suffering from Arrhythmia are likely to experience an irregular heart beat which can be fatal if not taken immediate action. Likewise, AED is crucial in the case of sudden cardiac arrest, SAC. In SAC, the heart stops beating abruptly which needs immediate action. If the SAC is not treated within few minutes, it can result in death. SCA is often linked with unsynchronised heartbeat that is often the case of people suffering from Arrhythmia. AED is extremely important in such situations as it immediately brings the heartbeat to normal rhythm.  

Who can use AED? 

Gone are the days when automated external defibrillator Australia was only available in hospitals and at the very most, in ambulances. Today, in the present era, it is an absolute necessity in all commercial locations such as airports, gyms, sports’ complexes, schools, ships, and even in offices. Since the heart diseases are getting more and more common, this device is becoming an absolute necessity in all public places. Fortunately, the advancement in technology has made this machine portable and easy-to-operate. Unlike the old times, it does not require a high-trained staff to use it. It requires some basic training to get know-how about the device, after which, the person can easily operate the device in case of emergency. The ease in operation has made it possible to keep AED in almost all offices and public places. Even if you own a private office, it is important that your health care unit is equipped with this device, in case someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, due to the portability and automation of this device, people are purchasing this for use at home. It is must for houses with old people or someone suffering from heart problem such as Arrhythmia. Having this device at your disposal when required can help you save lives.   

Who is it for 

The reason AED is getting so common in public places and offices is because it is really easy to operate. Most devices come with step-by-step guide to use it. Even if the guide is not available, AED is fairly easy to operate. People often worry about the sensitivity of the situation which allows no room for any mistake. To cater to that, it is important that basic training is obtained in using AED. Even if it’s not your job and you can’t see a possible situation, it is important that you learn about using this device. The usage of AED requires no formal complex training, it is simple know-how about the usage of the device and its operation. This is why almost anyone can easily learn how to operate this device and be the reason for saving someone’s life.  

Step by step guide to using AED 

Following is a step by step guide for anyone who wishes to learn the operation of Automatic External Defibrillator 

  1. First of all, if you’re in a situation where usage of AED is crucial, you should call 911.  
  2. It will take some time for the help to arrive so you need to take matter in your own hands. Expose the chest of the patient.  
  3. Get the AED and locate the cables and the electrode pads. Connect the two if they aren’t already connected.  
  4. Look for a dry smooth area on the chest to apply the electrode pads. If there’s hair, shave off some area quickly if possible. 
  5. Now it’s time to place the electrode pads. Place the first pad just below the collar bone on the upper right anterior side of the chest.  
  6. Place the second pad just below the nipple of the person, on the left lower anterior of the chest.  
  7. Make sure you have no physical contact with the person before pressing the button that says, ‘Analyse’.  
  8. After analyzation, the machine will prompt the need for a shock to restore the rhythm of the body.  
  9. Press the shock button if the machine calls for a shock.  

Following these basic steps, you can save a person’s life in a few minutes. While these steps are fairly easy to follow, it is important that you receive some training in usage of AED for such situations.  

Posted on November 19, 2018 in Medical Services

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