Saving Lives With AED Training
Cardiac Arrest, more commonly known as heart attack, is a medical condition that can be likened to a thief in the night – it comes when you least expect it. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, including irregular heart beat, is the top cause of death in the US. Each year, there are about 800,000 survivors of heart attack. However, there are still more than 200,000 people who suffer from heart attack and other heart-related problems who die because of it, including more than a hundred thousand people who meet their death even before they were able to get to a hospital. These figures highlight even more the need for someone to know CPR as well as how to use basic AED.
Most cardiac arrests comes as a result of ventricular fibrillation. This medical condition tends to be life threatening as uncoordinated contraction of the ventricles causes the heart to quiver instead of contract. Of course, this has an effect on the flow of blood throughout the body.This is where the AED comes in.
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. It is a portable electronic device that is commonly used by first responders when it comes to diagnosing whether the patient has a cardiac arrhythmia. It is user-friendly with lay men able to use it even if they have very little to no training with the said device at all. As a defibrillator, an AED is able to restore normal rhythm to the heart. Unfortunately, not many people know how to use an AED device; added to that is the fact that AED devices tend to be costly. Fortunately, the latter can easily be solved by sharing the amount among members of a group. So how does one use an Automated External Defibrillator?
Before you make use of an AED you have to keep a few things in mind. First, you have to confirm if the patient is actually unconscious. Once done, check for pulse and breathing. If you cannot ascertain how long the person has been unconscious, administer first CPR before proceeding to the use of AED. If, on the other hand, you are quite sure that only a few minutes have passed since the person has become unconscious, you can immediately use am AED. Now, when using an AED, make sure that the patient in a dry area. Open the victim’s upper clothing so that the chest area is exposed. Make sure that the chest area is dry. One pad should go to the center part of the chest above the nipple while the other should be on the left side below the nipple. Check for medication pads, piercings, and medical devices. Remove the patches and piercings, and make sure that the pads are at least an inch away from the implanted devices. Turn on the AED and follow the voice prompts. If the device keeps asking you to check the electrodes, see if the pads are making good contact with the skin.