When someone suddenly gets a cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating. It’s what happens when the hearts electrical activity becomes chaotic. The brain will also no longer receive oxygen. The longer this oxygen deficiency lasts, the more mental and physical damage it causes for the victim, if he or she survives. That is why time is an important factor.
Worldwide, sudden and unexpected cardiac death is the most common cause of death, accounting for 17 million deaths every year with sudden cardiac death accounting for 25 % of these. It can happen to anyone, anywhere. But early resuscitation and defibrillation remains the key to survival.
A defibrillator applies a brief pulse of electrical current to a heart, allowing its normal electrical system to gain control. Defibrillation is the only effective treatment for ventricular fibrillation, a fatal heart rhythm associated with sudden cardiac arrest. Although not everyone can be saved, studies show early defibrillation can dramatically improve survival rates.
An AED is a life-saving emergency aid that anyone can use to restart the heart when it is struck by a cardiac arrest. The device is fully portable and gives the heart an electric shock to bring the heartbeat back to normal.
In this video series AED Professionals give you basic training on how to use the LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator. Note: This is not the trainer version.