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How Does A Defibrillator Work?

How Does A Defibrillator Work?

External Defibrillators are designed to provide the immediate care that is needed for those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Allowing even those with limited or no medical knowledge to utilise the machine and help increase a person’s chances of survival.

Being able to be placed in public areas such as schools, leisure centres and workplaces, they are easily accessible and are a sufferer’s best chance of survival until paramedics arrive. But, for most, their defibrillator knowledge consists of hospital defibrillators we see on medical shows where actor/doctors yell, “Clear!” and administer a life-saving shock.

So, how does a defibrillator work? Here at Risk Assessment Products, we have answered this question for you using four simple steps.

1. They provide easy to follow instructions?
Being designed to be used by members of the public who may have never had any medical training, defibrillators provide easy to follow instructions. Once the machine is turned on, step-by-step instructions will be relayed using both vocal and visual cues. The combination of these instructions makes defibrillators extremely easy to use.

2. They monitor the suffers heart rate?
One of the actions that the defibrillator will instruct the user to do is place the electrodes on the patient’s chest. The vocal and visual instructions will allow the user to position them in the correct place so that they are able to monitor the patient’s heartbeat.

3. They determine whether a shock is required?
Using the reading that the defibrillator gathers from the patient’s heart rate, the medical machine can then determine if the patient is in fact in cardiac arrest. If the device picks up an abnormality in the heartbeat it will then signal to the user that a shock is required to help restore the patient’s heartbeat to a natural rhythm.

4. They deliver an electric shock?
If a shock is required, then the defibrillation will ask the user of the device to stand clear so that it can provide the needed electrical shock. If the defibrillator is automatic, then the machine will do this automatically, whereas if the machine is semi-automatic, the user will be required to push a button to administer the shock. As defibrillators are extremely safe, they will never stock a victim, if a shock isn’t required.

Defibrillators are really that easy to use and are just a small price to pay for the ability to help save a person’s life if they are in sudden cardiac arrest. If you are looking to purchase a new AED then you need to visit Risk Assessment Products where we have a range of industry-leading products and advertise all of our prices online.

17th Sep 2018 Christopher Maltby JS

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