THE BENEFITS THAT WE CAN GET FROM AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS
It is said that AEDs or automated external defibrillators can save 50,000 individuals every year, given that the first responders know how to use an AED and can get hold of an AED, as claimed by the American Red Cross. It is amazing how one little machine can save lots of lives.
It is therefore recommended that we have a training on how to find and use an AED machine, especially with the number of lives that it can save, thus, presenting below is a user basic guide that one has to be familiar with about the machine.
The number one to learn is the basic description of an AED machine. Commonly abbreviated as AED, an automated external defibrillator, is a machine that provides to the heart of a victim facing a cardiac arrest an electric shock. This fairly small machine is portable enough and lightweight for a person to carry.
It is very easy to use and has step by step instructions on how to use it. In order to use an AED, a person who will use it, does not need to be a medical professional. One can have the training in AEDs when attending a first aid/CPR classes, where a responder can get familiarization with the machines, thus anyone can use an AED safely.
Note that an AED is the only means considered to restore a regular heartbeat of someone during cardiac arrest. Know that cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating, and this is caused by the heart’s malfunction called arrhythmia.
The irregularity of the beating of heart called arrhythmia, has several various kinds, where some may cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow, or stop like the cardiac arrest.
Be aware that a heart attack is not the same as a cardiac arrest. In a heart attack, there is a continued beating of the heart, only that the blood flow cannot reach the heart thereby causing some portions of the heart tissue to die. Know that the cause of cardiac arrest has no one known cause of it, and doctors believe that a genetic order, physical stress or coronary disease could be the likely link to this condition.
Know that an AED machine is built up with a small computer and two wires that are connected to adhesive pads. By placing the adhesive pads on the chest of the victim, the computer can check the heartbeat, and this is how the machine works. Whether the patient needs a shock to return the heart to normal beating, is through the computer.
If the patient needs defibrillation through electric shock, the AED machine would prompt the responder to press the shock button on the machine.