What is a defibrillator?
A defibrillator, also known as an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a device which can save a person’s life should they suffer from a cardiac arrest. While it is part of the General Dental Council (GDC) guidelines for dentists to have a defibrillator in their practice, they are now becoming more common in other public areas and places of work to give more people a chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Treat Cardiac Arrest with an AED
Cardiac arrest is the biggest killer in the UK, and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) recommend that all premises and public areas have a defibrillator that is quickly accessible to give a patient the best chance of survival. An AED can be the reason a person survives a cardiac arrest, and it is best to use an automatic defibrillator within the first four minutes of a cardiac arrest occurring.
No training is needed to use an AED as the device provides clear, audible instructions for the user to follow, ensuring the patient receives treatment as soon as possible. An ECG is taken by the machine and a shock will be administered automatically based on the patient’s heart rhythm. Having the shock delivered automatically eliminates hesitation or human error and gives the sufferer the best chance of survival. The use of a defibrillator in the first four minutes increases the chance of survival from 5% to 80%.
Rent a defibrillator from Defib Machines
Defib Machines can provide you as a local authority or a business with a defibrillator rental package for a Lifepak CR Plus AED at £1 a day. The price includes a full maintenance service, training, installation and signage and the opportunity to replace each device with a brand new one every 18 months if the device has not been used. Find more information on a rental package from Defib Machines online.