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Cardiac arrest

How does a Defibrillator Work?

Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are essential for saving lives when it comes to a heart attack. For the most part, many people’s only experience of a defibrillator is what they’ve seen on television dramas. Luckily, we know the reality is quite different, and the machines are simple to use and include written instructions provided with every pack, as well as most models verbally relaying directions whilst in use.

However, due the TV’s dramatizations of AEDs, a large number of the population think they are unqualified to administer life-saving treatment through a machine in case of a sudden cardiac arrest.

What does an AED do?

The act of defibrillation is where an electrical current is delivered to the heart when an irregular heartbeat is detected (this is also known as Ventricular Fibrillation (VF)). A small computer within the AED will use its sensors to recognise VF in a patient, and once the rhythm has been picked up the defibrillator will administer a shock to the organ in order for it to return to its normal pace.

Due to its sophisticated technology, a defib machine will not deliver the current to the victim’s heart if their heart is beating at a regular rhythm.

Do I need training to use one?

Defib Machines think that it has never been easier to use an AED. Most, if not all modern defibrillators are able to provide a shock using their internal hardware with a person making minimal effort. Instructions are given verbally and written as part of the pack so that a user can clearly hear/see what they need to do should someone suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

When you rent an AED with Defib Machines at just £1 a day, full training will be given to those who wish to partake, so you’re fully protected and prepared no matter what. We understand that even a little bit of prior knowledge will help you feel more confident, but you don’t need formal training to use an AED.

Our team will also service the Lifepak, provide you with an orientation DVD and replace the model after use when you order a defibrillator rental package.

Get in touch with DeFib Machines

Should someone unfortunately fall victim to SCA, their life expectancy reduces to 5% when only CPR is administered. If CPR and a defibrillator are used, then their survival rate increases by over 70%. It is of paramount importance to ensure your business, public space or even home has an AED installed.

If you would like to find out more then get in touch with our expert team who can help you take your first steps to preparedness. Call us directly on 0800 0852 733 or contact us online and we will get back to you at your request.

How does a Defibrillator Work?