Can you use a defibrillator on a person with a pacemaker?
Defibrillators or AEDs save thousands of lives each year. At Defib Machines we are determined to ensure that members of the public feel confident enough to use an AED if a person is suffering from cardiac arrest.
However, if someone has a pacemaker fitted, it can be difficult to know the best way to help them. Defib Machines offers basic training with all of our AED rental packages, ensuring that you know how to help when emergency strikes! If you would like to find out more, why not give us a call on 0800 0852 733.
What is a pacemaker?
In order to understand the implications of using an AED on a person with a pacemaker, it is important to understand the purpose of a pacemaker, and what it looks like.
A pacemaker is a small device that is placed in the chest of a person suffering from an abnormal heart rhythm, known as arrhythmia. If a person’s heart is prone to beating to quickly or too slowly, blood is pumped through the body at an irregular speed, often causing complications.
Pacemakers are designed to emit small electrical impulses to keep the heart beating at the regular pace when it detects any sign of arrhythmia.
You can usually see a pacemaker through a person’s chest, it is a small round disk usually positioned below the left collar bone.
Using an AED with a pacemaker
A pacemaker is not designed to regulate the heart during ventricular fibrillation (a quiver in the heart that causes cardiac arrest), so defibrillation is still necessary.
If you need to defibrillate a person with a pacemaker, it is important to place the pads at least one inch either side of the device. This will prevent damage from being caused to the pacemaker, whilst still providing the victim with the necessary defibrillation. Although slight damage may be caused, they are designed to withstand an AED.
If you are interested in renting an AED for your property or business, from as little as £1 a day, take a look at our defibrillators available online.
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