Using a Defibrillator, would YOU!
USING A DEFIBRILLATOR
When and why is one used?
Would you be scared to use wrong one ?
Would you try and use one and be able to use it correctly?
Would a casualty want me to use it ?
Would it work ?
Why do defibrillator training?
We’re going to have a look over a few bits and try to clear up any confusion or misconceptions people may have about using a defibrillator.
WHEN AND WHY IS A DEFIBRILLATOR USED?
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs because the normal electrical signal which controls the heart is replaced by a random electrical rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. The DEFIBRILLATOR delivers a high energy electric shock to the casualty to return the heart’s normal rhythm.
SCARED TO USE ONE OR THE WRONG ONE!
Confused by the different names PAD, AED?
The devices are called a range of names like :- DEFIB :- Defibrillator AED (Automated External Defibrillator), PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) Packer Whacker(Mr Packer suffered a cardiac arrest and was successfully
They are all the same and all have a common purpose that is they are all DEFIBRILLATORS.
As with a Hoover, Dyson or Vacuum cleaner they actually all do the same job although they are not under the same name they all do the same function. The same goes for DEFIBRILLATORS irrelevant of name, looks, brand or manufacturer the device is out to achieve one aim and that is to.
PRESERVE THE LIFE OF THE PATIENT!
WOULD YOU TRY AND USE AN AED AND BE ABLE TO USE IT CORRECTLY?
Personally I would hope you would try for 2 reasons:-
1- You could save someone’s life! That’s someone’s Dad, Mum, Son, Daughter, Grandpa, Auntie the list goes on, everybody is someone to somebody!
2- It’s easy! Defibrillators are easy to use, they don’t bite they are able to detect a patients condition that you can’t see! Then they tell you:- WHAT TO DO & WHEN TO DO IT.
WOULD THE PATIENT WANT YOU TO USE IT?
In a recent poll I ran a staggering 96% of people wanted someone to try CPR even if they had only a basic knowledge of what to do, that's chest compression's and breathing for the casualty.
So if we are talking about using an AED that comes with instructions and also tells you what to do then I imagine the results would be even closer to 100%.
Ask yourself this....
If your suffering from a Cardiac Arrest would you want someone to try and use the AED?
Personally you can’t understand everyone’s individual situation and you don’t know the history behind every scenario but, most casualties want to live, they would most likely rather you tried instead of standing around doing nothing at all.
That is what I would ask myself, If I was on the floor would I want someone to try. And even better, If that person knew what to do and had been trained in using a Defibrillator and First Aid then bonus.
WOULD IT WORK?
The million dollar question....
Simple answer is using an AED is better than doing nothing at all! The AED once fitted to the casualty will not do anything unless it is needed. So by simply attaching the AED to the casualty and letting the machine analyze the casualty you are increasing their chance of survival.
Immediately you are helping achieve one of the primary roles of First Aid,
There is no guarantee that the use of an AED is a miracle cure and will guarantee survival but there are some interesting facts that make it seem a good idea to get one ASAP:-
For every minute that goes by and a casualty with a Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not receive treatment, survival decreases by 10%.
If a defibrillator is actioned within 1 minute of the Cardiac casualty collapsing, the patients survival rate increases to 90%.
Roughly 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests happen in the Home; only 20% will occur in public.
The lack of immediate treatment in a Cardiac Arrest will mean 90-95% victims will not survive.
If a combination of defibrillator and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, their chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%.
As you can see there are some massive numbers here that really do demonstrate the effectiveness of using a defibrillator as soon as possible.
WHY DO DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING
Over the years people from all walks of life have used an AED untrained, to save a persons life. As we explained the Clear, spoken instructions and visual illustrations guide you through the process.
Lack of training should never be a reason to prevent someone using an AED. If you are not trained but would be prepared to use the AED do not be inhibited from doing so just because you have not received formal training.
These days there is a large emphasis on companies to have their staff trained in First Aid. All of BeSure Training First Aid courses include training in the use of an AED. As well as this we cover extensive other subjects depending on the level of training that is required.
If you have received training in First Aid and the use of AED then this will have given you the chance to use a life like training AED, watch, listen and see how it operates. This helps to give you the reassurance that you would be capable of dealing with a casualty and using an AED as well as many other possible First Aid scenarios.
With only 22% of people in the UK would be confident in performing CPR on a stranger it makes sense to get trained in Emergency First Aid you never know who may need you help one day. So come along and join us at BeSure Training and learn First Aid.