Have you ever seen one of those Defibrillators? You have probably watched Grey’s Anatomy, or Chicago Hope or ER for the older generation, at least in the movies or on TV. It’s that device that restarts the patient’s heart after it stops or cardiac arrest, in medical terms. It actually revives men, well, at least those who die.Click defibrillator box

People have become more aware of the growing dangers of heart disease in the last few years. But consciousness alone isn’t going to cut it, of course. Just because a person knows that he has that doesn’t mean that he can avoid a heart attack. Certain measures can of course be taken to reduce the risks. But what if this happens in a case where we have absolutely no control over it? Say outside, in a place where there is no local medical personnel or a defibrillator to be found, or a hospital? Perhaps you can’t bring that huge piece of equipment all the time with you? I hope you’ve ever seen someone on holiday with a defibrillator in their car’s trunk? Probably not, I mean the stuff’s massive. Carrying them around will be a quite hassle, hence the invention of the AED.

What exactly is it? AED stands for an external automatic defibrillator, often referred to simply as an electronic defibrillator. It basically is doing what ordinary defibrillators are doing. The wonderful thing about it is its compact one. An AED is about the size of a briefcase, some are actually smaller, like the bags for a laptop. Certainly much more useful than those we see on operating rooms and emergency rooms. They’re not too heavy and can be administered by virtually anyone. A user should be familiar with the equipment and have had training, or at least even orientation, although this is not always mandatory as portable AEDs give instructions through either a visual display or voice prompts.

An AED stabilizes the heartbeat of a patient by providing electrical currents to a person’s body. These impulses tend to correct the heartbeat which is irregular. After the administration of these electrodes, the AED starts assessing the patient, if shock is to be given, it will instruct the user to do so. It is not really that complicated, that’s why these defibrillators are now used in some public areas. These are mostly places where many people tend to meet. This is a very important advancement in the strategic placement of these automatic defibrillators, since approximately half of the cardiac arrests occur in public places, making it even more difficult to arrive for EMTs and ambulances.

Though these portable AEDs may be in-house (via implant), these portable external AEDs are more commonly used. They are robust and have portability. Visiting the home of people with heart problems and finding a home AED isn’t a rare occurrence anymore. Family members can provide the initial life-saving measures required when awaiting an ambulance, giving people with heart conditions a sense of security and comfort. The more common ones are Defibtech’s Zoll AED and the lifeline AED. You no longer need a prescription to buy AEDs, as opposed to before. They are definitely expensive for the average Joe but it’s really worth it for people with heart problems.

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