12 Nov

THE NEW DEFIBRILLATORS TALK TO YOU!

The new types of defibrillators that are available now in train stations, public places, swimming pools etc are not like the “defibrillators” from the old days but in fact they are AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) with fancy electronics built-in so that the patient can be diagnosed by any stray punter that wants to have a go at saving someone’s life. The public are now ENCOURAGED to carry out CPR and to make use of a defibrillator in any circumstances that seem to point to a cardiac arrest, and the electronics in the AED will ensure that a shock will only be applied IF it is completely necessary. Attach the paddles to the chest on the left and to the rib-cage on the right and press the button. The electronics will test the patient and then will speak commands to you, letting you know exactly what is happening. For more info and a useful video see here:

https://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice/first-aid-techniques/using-a–defibrillator-aed.aspx