Understanding more about home/ at work defibrillatorsWhat is an Automated External Defibrillator?

An AED or Automated External Defibrillator refers to a portable device which is designed for use by a lay person at workplace or home for reviving a patient who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. To use them, one simply attaches the adhesive pads of the device onto a bare torso of the patient and a voice prompt instructs the user on whether it is necessary to administer an electric short in efforts of restarting the heart of the patient.

How an Automated External Defibrillator works

The person in control of the textbook sized, battery operated device usually pushes a power button, which is green in color, and then follows voice prompts on what to do. First, the user is instructed by the defibrillator to pull the plastic shield back at the center of the device and then take two chest pads out that are wired directly to the gadget. Then, it well tell the user to remove the patient’s clothing on his or her body, an AED Kit usually includes a pair of scissors and the user just needs to cut the garments off.

Then, take the adhesive backing of the pads off and place one of them at the right upper corner on the patient’s chest just below the shoulder while the other one is placed under the armpit on lower left side. To ensure that the user puts the pads correctly and on the right places, there are certain diagrams included. While the patient is determining of the patient has actually faced a cardiac arrest where a shock is needed, it will give an order for the user not to touch a patient and it will be saying ‘analyzing’. When the gadget determines that a shock is needed, the user will be told to push an orange button on the device which delivers the shock and more warnings are given for the user to stay away from a patient.

The person will continue to get advice on shock administration until the restarting of the heart or it is regarded futile to continue with the shock after a patient has flat lined. The user of the gadget will also be walked through the cardiopulmonary resuscitation that involves pumping the chest in an alternate manner with assisted breathing while still reminding you to call 911.

A home defibrillator delivers very powerful electric shocks of 2, 000 volts that lasts between 10 and 10 milliseconds. Actually, the technology that at work or home defibrillators use is similar to the one that medical professionals use in ambulances and emergency rooms. The difference stems from the fact that home/ work computerized models are very easy to use and are built with great intelligence. The devices are designed to do nearly everything for the one in control and give instructions on what is to be done to resuscitate the patient.