Why is an Automatic External Defibrillator Important?
It is estimated that over 350,000 cases of cardiac arrest occur every year in the United States. Unfortunately, research shows that ways of inhibiting cardiac arrest are in the distant future. For this reason the scientific community is creating ways to manage and treat cardiac arrests. One of the most effective ways of dealing with a person who is in cardiac arrest is electronic defibrillation. This is a process during which electric shocks are sent through the body in an attempt to shock their heart back into a normal rhythm.
An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) can be used by both medical professionals such as emergency medical technicians, doctors, paramedics, and lay persons. AED’s are small, lightweight, compact and highly portable devices that contain batteries, capacitors and electronic circuitry. They are designed to identify and analyze the cardiac rhythm of a person in cardiac arrest and, through the two adhesive electrode pads that come with the device, shock the person’s heart back into rhythm. AED’s are safe for both the patient and the bystander.
When a person goes into cardiac arrest, their chances of survival decrease by 10% every minute they stay in that state. This is the reason why AED’s are extremely important.
Another benefit of having an AED on hand is the fact that they can be used by the average bystander. If a person sees another individual going into cardiac arrest in a public place and there is an AED at hand, they can significantly increase the chances of survival.
The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy recommends Philips Automatic External Defibrillators, namely the Phillips Heart Start Onsite, the Phillips Heart Start FRX, and the Phillips Heart Start FR3.
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