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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Defibrillation and the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) suffer from common misconception and incorrect information. There are many strange myths and old wives’ tales that have managed to find their way into society and are causing confusion over the use of AEDs.
In October 2015, there were significant changes made to the Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). These revisions have led to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) amending the current Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses. If you're a first aider and you don't have defibrillator skills, this will definitely affect you.