This is a lifesaving machine called an automatic external defibrillator. It is used to check in your heart rhythm and let the individual operating the machine understand whether your heart requires a jolt to reestablish your normal heart rhythm. The reason that you may need a jolt to your own heart is due to a cardiac emergency such as cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is when your heart stops pumping blood causing it to not circulate throughout your body. If you do not have immediate treatment within four to six minutes, then you can suffer brain death. This machine will help to attempt to prevent this from happening. During a cardiac emergency, the machine will verbally let the operator know you need a jolt. The shock, or jolt, that’s administered is known as defibrillation.
Defibrillation is one of four critical steps that help to maximize your chances of surviving after suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. These four steps include:
• Measure 2-doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which is CPR
• Step 3-using the AED for early defibrillation to Receive your heart rhythm back into a regular pattern if possible and is the most important step
• Step 4-giving advanced cardiac support when it becomes necessary
Before using the AED, you should be trained in how to use it so it is done correctly. During the training, you will be given a good comprehension of how defibrillation works as part of saving and stabilization when there is a cardiac emergency. In some instances, other trained people might be asked to use them.
After turning the machine on it is going to tell the one who’s operating it to place two electrodes on the person’s chest, which are given the AED. This system will monitor their heart rhythm through these electrodes. If the heart does require a jolt, or jolt, the machine will allow the operator know along with telling them to press the shock button also reminds them to step away from the individual while the jolt is provided. Even though it is a highly sophisticated machine, an AED is designed so it is easy to use. It is about the size of a regular laptop.
In each state, there are laws that protect the general population using the AED in an attempt to save someone who is dealing with a cardiac emergency. The machines can typically be found in places where a significant number of individuals gather like corporate buildings, airports, stadiums, schools, hospitals, community centers, malls, etc..