How to Use a Defibrillator

January 11, 2014

Access CardioSystems was founded in 2000 as a manufacturer of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be used by first responders and medical professionals. Due to the ease of use of Access CardioSystems superior AED products, more than 12,000 units of its devices were implemented in just one year.

AEDs are best used by medical professionals and first responders. However, the chance of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest diminish significantly with every moment after the event, meaning ordinary citizens can find themselves in lifesaving positions. Prior to using an AED, a 9-1-1 call should be made, the victim’s breath and heartbeat should be checked, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be attempted. After two minutes of CPR, if the victim has not revived, it may be appropriate to use an AED to resuscitate the victim.

Fortunately, AED technologies are becoming easier to use. Upon powering up the device, most models will give the layperson step-by-step instructions, often with voice prompts. After the victim’s chest is exposed (and dried, if necessary), apply the sticky pads to the person’s chest. The right pad should be placed above the person’s nipple, while the left pad should be positioned just below the nipple. All jewelry and other medical patches should be removed from the body, and most kits even feature scissors in case the victim has an excessive amount of chest hair. Next, press the device’s “analyze” button. If a shock is needed, the device will inform the layperson of when to press the “shock” button, and continue to perform CPR while waiting for a medical responder.