What is a defibrillator used for?

What is a defibrillator used for?

A defibrillator is used when someone suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This occurs when the heart starts beating irregularly which then restricts blood flow around the body. This means that oxygen cannot reach vital organs and the victim falls unconscious within a matter of seconds. In order to have a fighting chance of saving a life when someone suffers a SCA, a defibrillator and CPR must be used.

A defibrillator is an extremely clever medical tool which scans the hearts rhythm and delivers a shock if one is needed. This shock stops the heart in order for it to start beating again at it’s own natural pace, in turn helping the patient recover.

In order to deliver a potentially life saving shock, a defibrillator uses an electric current which is sent from the device, through the defibrillator pads and to the patients heart.

When choosing a defibrillator, there are two types on the market that are available, either an automatic external defibrillator (AED) or a semi-automatic external defibrillator. Both work in exactly the same way however, an AED delivers a shock without you having to do anything whilst a semi-automatic defibrillator requires you to push a button in order to deliver a shock. It is important to note however that neither defibrillator will let you administer a shock if one is not needed meaning you cannot cause harm to someone who has suffered a SCA and you are helping with with the use of a defibrillator, you can only help them.

In the UK, every year 100,000 people die from suffering a SCA. Although this number is thankfully reducing, if someone falls ill due to suffering from a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival are very slim unless a defibrillator is used. With this, there has been huge drives to increase the awareness of defibrillators with lots more being installed in public places around the country, all helping to save more lives.

It is important to know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack as both can be easily confused. A heart attack is caused by a block in the arteries that deliver blood to the heart and is known as a circulation problem - if someone suffers a heart attack, they will probably remain conscious. A cardiac arrest on the other hand is an electrical problem, it can happen to anyone regardless of whether they have any underlying health conditions or not and the patient will be unconscious, unresponsive.

Having defibrillators installed in a number of public places across the country increase the chances of immediate, effective care so that more lives can be saved. Across the UK, there are currently 10,000 defibrillators installed in offices, schools, sports facilities and supermarkets helping to deliver fast care. If you are interested in having a defibrillator installed in your local town but aren’t sure how to go about it, you can have a look at defibrillator funding in order to get one installed near you.

There are a number of defibrillators available at Risk Assessment Products all varying in availability and price. Providing all market leading defibrillators such as Phillips, CU Medical, Cardiac Science, Zoll and more, you can browse the entire range here to pick the best option for you.

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