External defibrillators (AEDs) are small devices that deliver a rapid, safe charge to the heart when it has stopped beating. They can be used by anyone and save countless lives each year.
What is an Automated External Defibrillator?
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are devices that can automatically provide life-saving electrical shocks to people who have stopped breathing. AEDs are available in public places, such as shopping malls and outdoor festivals, and can be used by anyone with basic training.
How to use an Automated External Defibrillator?
If you’re ever faced with using an AED, there are a few things you need to know. First, locate it. An AED is usually located near the front or back of the building, near the emergency exits. Next, know the location of the person’s heart. You need to place two fingers on each side of their neck and feel for a pulse. Finally, use the AED to deliver an electric shock to the person’s heart. If it’s successful, their heart will restart and they’ll likely regain consciousness.
What to do when you have some common mistakes?
- Not recognizing when someone has a heart attack
The first step in using an AED is recognizing when someone has a heart attack. If you don’t recognize the signs, you won’t be able to use the AED properly. The most common sign of a heart attack is chest pain that lasts more than a few minutes, as well as shortness of breath or trouble breathing. Other signs include sweating, nausea, lightheadedness, and extreme fatigue. If you see any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
- Not making sure the device is properly calibrated
If you don’t know how to properly calibrate the AED, it won’t work as intended. To calibrate the device, place it on the chest of the person who has had a heart attack and presses down on the pads until they start beeping. Make sure that all five beeps sound
If you are witnessing someone having a heart attack, the first and most important thing that you can do is call 911. When the emergency services arrive, they will need to know where the Automated External Defibrillator is so that they can properly attend to the victim. If there is an AED available, it is important that you activate it and provide CPR to the victim.