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Defibrillators

Safety During Defibrillation with an AED

Safety During Defibrillation with an AED

An AED delivers an electrical current to the heart in order to help its natural pacemaker start back up and begin the sinus rhythm (the normal heartbeat) when someone is in cardiac arrest. AED’s are usually extremely safe to use, having been designed to be handled by an untrained person in a stressful situation.

But there are a few important safety considerations when using a defibrillator, and knowing about these beforehand will assist significantly in a crisis situation where every second matters. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common questions to do with safety during defibrillation, as well as some defibrillator maintenance advice.

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Workplace Defibrillators: Everything You Need to Know

Workplace Defibrillators: Everything You Need to Know

Less than one in 10 people in the UK survive a cardiac arrest that occurs outside of a hospital. Because death can occur within minutes of cardiac arrest, many businesses have taken ownership of the responsibility to increase the number of AEDs available and make sure that they can provide critical support if cardiac arrest strikes.

If you are a business owner or manager and have decided to install a workplace AED, it’s one of the most responsible steps towards keeping your staff and customers safe. You never know when someone could go into cardiac arrest, and having an AED available could be life-saving.

If you’re still wondering ‘do I need a defibrillator at work?’ you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about workplace AEDs. 

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Where is my Nearest Defibrillator? Find a Defibrillator Near You

Where is my Nearest Defibrillator? Find a Defibrillator Near You

In the UK, there are more than 60,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. But the survival rate is very low at only one in 10 people. Many lives saved from cardiac arrest rely on one of the 10,000 public access defibrillators in the UK.

Ensuring members of the public have access to nearby defibrillators anywhere they go gives victims of cardiac arrest the best possible opportunity for survival.

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What Are The Chances of Survival When Using a Defibrillator?

What Are The Chances of Survival When Using a Defibrillator?

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, they could be past the point of no return in a matter of seconds. Using a defibrillator is the only way to offer someone the chance of survival, and the sooner one can be used the better. 

The biggest advantage of using an automated external defibrillator is that you could save a life when someone has virtually no chance of survival by any other means. In this article, we’ll look at just how effective using a defibrillator is and what affects a person’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest.

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How Does a Defibrillator Work?

How Does a Defibrillator Work?

10.8% of people now survive when cardiac arrest strikes out of hospital, more than double the statistic from a decade ago. This is largely thanks to an increase in public access AEDs and bystanders stepping in to offer life-saving assistance.

A useful step in feeling comfortable using an AED is to understand exactly how it works and what it does. Find out in this article.

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How to Use an AED: Steps to Follow at the Critical Moment

How to Use an AED: Steps to Follow at the Critical Moment

When someone goes into cardiac arrest every second counts. You only have around 10 minutes to bring someone back using a defibrillator and CPR. An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) can be used by anyone and comes with clear instructions to follow. You should also be given support by a 999 call handler when you call emergency services.

That said, knowing what to do beforehand and being prepared is invaluable. If you run a business, manage a team, or simply if you want to know what to do if the situation occurs, read on to find out the steps for how to use AED defibrillators.

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When to Use a Defibrillator

When to Use a Defibrillator

Cardiac arrest can happen at any time and, with an onset of a matter of seconds, a fast response is crucial. Over the past few years, more and more defibrillators have been installed in public places like phone boxes, public bathrooms, shopping centres, schools, and community buildings to give people a greater chance of survival when cardiac arrest strikes.

In this blog post, we’ll answer the question ‘when do you use a defibrillator’?

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