Did you know that every year over 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack?
Coronary heart disease is one of the most common illnesses in the USA. If a person suffers a heart attack one of the most important pieces of equipment is the defibrillator.
How do defibrillators work and how are they used? Why not read on to find out the answers?
- How Does a Defibrillator Work?
A defibrillator device (medical professionals often refer to it as a defib) is a small electronic device that is used to provide a small electric shock to the heart in case of ventricular fibrillation.
There are two types of defibrillator device, the automatic and the semi-automatic. Each has different sensors that will indicate the status of the victim. If you are interested in learning more about how defibs work why not go right here?
- When Should You Use a Defibrillator?
A heart attack occurs when the pipes that take blood to and from your heart become blocked. the heart stops as a result and the person starts to fall into unconsciousness.
Fortunately, modern devices will provide a defibrillator indication that tells you the status of the person and when to defibrillate, or shock, them. You should also be able to find information on the defib to guide you regarding defibrillator use and placement.
- How Long Do They Last?
While defibrillators are hardwearing it is important that you replace certain elements of them on a regular basis.
After each defibrillator shock, it is important to check and probably replace the batteries and pads. However, the main device itself will last for years, especially if it is not used regularly.
A defib will stay in standby mode for between 2-5 years when not in use. This creates little wear and tear and uses almost no power. After 5 years you should replace the batteries even if you have not used them to ensure efficacy.
- How Many Times Can You Use a Defibrillator?
Defibrillators are designed to be stored for a long time and for individual parts to be replaced regularly. For this reason, you could say that defibs last forever, you simply need to change the right parts at the right time.
However, over time technologies change and occasionally companies will discontinue certain models. This is an important time to change your defib device. If you are not able to get parts for it, it is time to look for a new model that you can keep in working order.
Everything You Need to Know About Defibrillators and Much More
Defibrillators are one of the most commonly available medical devices in the world. Every day they save the lives of cardiac arrest victims and others. If you manage a workplace do you have defibrillators and staff that can use them?
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