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automated external defibrillator why
An automated external defibrillator is a First Aid medical equipment designed specifically to
administer, if necessary, shock to cardiac arrest victims. Because an AED uses a form of shock
treatment, it requires training particularly if the person who is going to use it is a non-medical
Difference between Manual and the Automated Defibrillator
The early AEDs required more intensive training, and they also had to learn how to read heart
arrhythmia as displayed on the device. After analyzing the heart's rhythm, medical personnel will
know if the patient needs shock or not. However, improvements in technology made the
development of AEDs possible, so even laymen will have the opportunity to use the device safely
and prevent a fatal cardiac arrest.
How the Device Works
Today's AEDs have a microprocessor, and it is this device that determines the status of the
patient's heart via adhesive electrodes. The device, through its audio capability, informs you if the
patient needs shock or not. Note that these devices will only recommend shock for fast ventricular
tachycardia and fast ventricular tachycardia. If the automated defibrillator advices shock, the
current will be transmitted through the patient's chest using the electrode pads.
What makes this device so important and effective is that the shock will never be administered to
those that don't need it. These so-called smart AEDs are now being manufactured by several
companies and can be purchased over the counter. Whereas in the past these devices were
limited to medical personnel, a defibrillator has become easy enough for anyone to use. Now you
will find corporate emergency response teams, physicians, students, lifeguards, EMTs, and
laymen keeping one handy in case of emergency.
More information is available here
When to Use AEDs
Cardiac arrests can happen anytime, so you should be prepared. In the event that cardiac arrest
does happen, you should first call 911 and ensure the victim is still breathing and has a pulse.
The next step is to get the AED and put it to use according to the instructions. To avoid mistakes,
you should pay close attention to the computer voice and follow the directions. Today's AEDs
have all the information you need to use them correctly, so you just need to pay attention to what
the electronic voice is saying.
If you want to learn more external defibrillator there are websites that offer a number of first aid
equipment for cardiac arrest victims such as First Aid sensors and trainer units.