When used correctly, an automated external defibrillator (AED) can dramatically increase chances of survival when someone is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs were designed to be used by anyone – even those with little or no experience.
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Did you know? 20,000 Australians have a sudden heart attack every single year?
There are different features and benefits, depending on which AED defibrillator you use. The BeneHeart C1A, for example, uses ResQNaviTM technology to evaluate the proficiency level of the rescuer – providing intelligent rescue navigation, every step of the way. The Defibtech Lifeline VIEW makes it easy for any level of rescuer to respond confidently in an emergency and is the first and only AED with a full colour interactive display that shows step-by-step CPR videos.
The benefits of having an AED on the scene are clear: they save lives, there’s no training required and they’re easy to carry around. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any age and in any location, but how do you use an AED defibrillator?
- Call 000
Whether you are in possession of an automated external defibrillator (AED) or not, if you see someone collapse, call the emergency services immediately. If there are a group of people around, ensure that everyone knows who has called for paramedics so that no one is confused.
- Check breathing and airway
Whenever someone collapses, it’s important to find out whether they are still breathing or not. If they’re breathing, they will have a pulse. If they’re not breathing, check their airway is clear and start CPR.
- Employ the AED
If someone else is there to help you, ask them to locate and bring the AED to you. This is important because uninterrupted CPR is a key factor in increasing the patient’s survival rate.
Apply the AED electrode pads to the victim’s chest, turn on the device and follow the prompts. Make sure that the pads are applied to their bare chest and that the AED pads are attached to the AED machine.
- Detecting heart rhythm
The AED will now analyse the victim’s heart rhythm. At this point, it’s important not to touch the victim, as the AED may pick up on your heart instead. The AED will instruct you to stop CPR and not to touch the patient.
Always follow the visual and voice prompts from the AED, to ensure proper use.
Once the heart rhythm has been detected, the defib will inform you whether or not a shock is advised.
- Deliver the shock
If the defibrillator determines that a shock is required, make sure that everyone is clear of the victim before you press the shock button. If you’re using a fully-automated AED, like the ZOLL AED 3™, the defibrillator delivers the shock for you.
After the shock, the AED may instruct you to complete two minutes of CPR. Again, always follow the instructions provided by the AED. The AED will then analyse the person’s heart rhythm again, before providing further instructions.
How to use an AED – things to note
There are many different types of automated external defibrillators, but they are all made to make resuscitation easy for any level of experience. When using an AED, make sure you:
- Never use an AED under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Don’t use an AED in an explosive environment
- Don’t touch the patient when the shock is being delivered
- Try not to use on a conductive surface like metal or water
Every second counts
Without defibrillation, for every minute that passes, the chance of survival reduces by 10%. If someone around you experiences cardiac arrest, they will need your help immediately. Call triple zero (000) and start CPR or use an AED to provide rapid defibrillation.