External automated defibrillators (AED) are life-savers. To put it literally. An AED is a device used to restart a heart following cardiac arrest. Anyone could be using an AED. They’re not just for medical specialists. This is especially important today when more people are dying from sudden cardiac arrest than cancer. The survival rate for patients of heart attacks is only around 5%. When a person survives heart arrest, the resulting damage is often serious.
Each form of defibrillator is called “external,” as the electrode pads are added to the body of the patient, primarily the region of the throat. It is “automated,” since the defibrillator automatically evaluates the condition of the victim. The defibrillator’s aim is to decide whether it needs a shock to get the heart beat back to normal. If a shock is required the user will follow the defibrillator’s instructions. The shock actually stops the heart from effectively helping it to repair itself. That heart resetting is the defibrillation process.
AEDs can deliver electric currents which are monophasic or biphasic. Upon applying the electrodes to the victim, the user allows the AED to assess the victim. The display panel displays specific instructions. If a shock is needed, it is guided to the consumer to produce. This happens with pressing a button.
AED defibrillators are frequently found in public places. Locations where people gather, such as schools, office buildings, malls, airports, and concert halls, have access to one or more defibrillators for public use. The defibrillator can be used while the emergency responders are waiting to arrive. This is critical since there are as many as half cardiac arrests taking place in public places, including work settings.
When you live on a high-rise building’s 56th floor and you get a sudden heart attack, waiting for emergency medical services will lead to your death. This is not the fault of the medical professionals, it is simply the logistics of getting to you when it counts every minute. Having an AED defibrillator nearby for other people to use on you increases your survival chances.
Close to half of all heart attacks happen while the victim is at home. It is now normal for people with heart problems to have AED defibrillators in their houses. We owe survivor and loved ones a sense of security. Family members can easily learn how to use the defibrillator in emergency situations.
Some defibrillators allow the user to record notes about the condition of the victim and its ongoing status. Others store the evaluation data in such a way that the medical professionals have the exact date upon arrival. You will try to use the defibrillator before emergency medical technicians appear.