What is the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest?
Put simply, a heart attack is a 'plumbing' problem due to a blockage that limits blood flow around the body. However a cardiac arrest is an ‘electrical’ problem causing the heart to stop beating correctly resulting in the stoppage of blood flow to the brain and vital organs and a sudden loss of consciousness. As a cardiac arrest is an electrical issue the only way to solve it is using electricity (defibrillator). Although different, a heart attack will often lead to a cardiac arrest, in which case a defibrillator is necessary to save the person's life.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can affect anybody of any age, without any history of heart problems. It is a condition where the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating normally, stopping blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. If not treated within minutes, SCA usually causes death. The chance of survival from SCA decreases by ten percent for every minute that passes, with brain and vital organ function affected after 5 minutes, so immediate action is vital for saving life.
How does an automatic defibrillator help?
Defibrillation is the only proven method to treat SCA. An automatic defibrillator, when applied to the chest, analyses the heart’s rhythm to determine whether an electric shock is required to restore the heart’s normal beat. If it is required, an audible instruction is given and the device delivers the shock. After the shock the defibrillator will analyse how the heart responded and if needed provide an escalating shock of up to the recommended amount of 360J.
How easy is the automatic defibrillator to use?
Shockingly – the Defib Machine we provide has been designed for anyone to use. This could be a passerby, friend or employee – no medical training is expected or required. When opened, the automatic defibrillator provides clear vocal instructions telling the user what to do, and when. There is no risk of accidental shock from the automatic defibrillator as one will only be administered when the heart is in a shockable state.
Who will manage the defibrillator after purchase?
All AED (Automatic External Defibrillators) that are rented through Defib Machines are fully managed without any additional costs, ensuring your life saving equipment is always sufficiently maintained. Not only do Defib Machines provide training and installation, but pads and battery replacements are also included as part of the Heartsine and LifePak rental packages. Many companies offer machines without providing adequate service or maintenance package.
For as little as £1 a day, Defib Machines provide complete AED management. Regardless of who supplied it, our experts run free AED health checks