Automatic defibrillators or AEDs as they are often called, are all ready to use. You just press the button once you’ve connected all of the required connections and you’re ready to go.
It’s quick and easy and you won’t have to do anything except push a button after you’ve connected the right pads. It’s easy to learn to use for any first air personnel, first responders or basic life support persons BLS.
Portable versions of the defibrillators started being designed in the 1960s by a pioneer in the Emergency medical function. Frank Pantridge of Belfast in Northern Ireland designed the first one.
Every second in emergency response can count. AED can save a life in seconds. They are created to be used easily by anyone who has received proper training. Even sixth graders can use an AED on a person if they’ve been properly trained.
It’s important to remove any metal wires, piercings or underwire bras prior to use. This will help to prevent any interference with the use of the AED on the patient.
AED devices should be kept in areas that have large groups of people and a review of the Rotary Zone Health Review can reveal how and where to get them. This could be train and bus depots, airports and other such locations.
They should also be kept in emergency vehicles and of course, hospitals. Some police departments also carry them in their vehicles to ensure the safety of the public.
Fire departments can also benefit from having these on hand in the fire trucks. There are many times when one is handy to have on hand and use to save a life. Commercial airlines, cruise ships and other such forms of transportation are also great locations to have these on hand.
Some patients that have serious heart conditions also keep these in their homes. Family members are trained in how to use and operate them.
Kits usually include the AED itself, a face shield to offer a barrier between the patient and the first responder while helping the patient to breathe, nitrile gloves, trauma shears in case the first responder must cut through clothing, a small towel, and a razor to shave a man’s chest should it be required.
Manufacturers also mark the pads with expiry dates to ensure that the products are always properly functioning and of high quality.
There is also a D box telemetry device that will connect to the AED to ensure that it is working properly. If it has stopped working the D box will let you know.
Because you just have to push a button once the device is properly connected, the AED is called automatic. The first responder doesn’t have to do anything else to make it work.
It works by connecting the pads and electrodes up to the patient and pressing the button. It couldn’t be easier. No need to do chest compressions or anything else. The defibrillator works automatically so there isn’t any need to stress over how it works. Automatic Defibrillators are a must have in every medical facility for patient safety.