Automated External Defibrillators


An automated external defibrillator is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia of ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia in a patient; it can treat them through defibrillation which is the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia thus allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. Heart arrhythmia is a condition in which the heart beats too fast or too slow. Automated external defibrillators make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency. It is used within the first three to five minutes of a person suffering from heart arrhythmia. The automated external defibrillator can send an electronic shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm. They can also be used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. Can an AED be Used on an Infant? Know here.
An automated external defibrillator when within reach of a trained personnel will save a life. It is easy to operate even for persons with no medical background. The automated external defibrillators can be made part of emergency response programs and first response vehicles such as ambulance, law-enforcement vehicles, and fire engines.

An automated external defibrillator works by checking a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. The computer calculates whether defibrillation is needed and if it is a recorded voice prompts the rescuer to press the shock button on the automated external defibrillator. This shock momentarily stuns the heart and stops all activity. It gives the heart the chance to resume beating effectively. Audible prompts guide the user through the process. Read more great facts, click here

Automated external defibrillators are safe to use on anyone an therefore n individual can hardly be affected by it. Their use is taught in many first aid classes and basic life support classes. To use automated external defibrillators, bras with a metal underwire and piercings on the torso must be removed. This will facilitate a smooth flow of the process and thus avoid interference.

When it’s turned on, the automated external defibrillator will instruct the user to connect the pads to the patient. Once the pads are attached to the patient, there should be no people touching him or her to avoid false or corrupted readings by the unit. The pads allow the automated external defibrillators to examine the electrical output from the heart and determine if the patient is in a shockable rhythm. The automated external defibrillator is stored in an automated external defibrillator kit which will contain a face shield. Please view this site for further details.

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