When someone suffers from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10-14%.
A defibrillator is used to deliver an electric shock when the heart is beating in an irregular rhythm. Electrode pads are connected to the person’s bare chest, where it monitors their heartbeat to determine if CPR should be continued or whether a shock is needed.
There are two types of defibrillator: a fully automatic type that does everything for you, or a semi-automatic type that requires you to press a button to deliver a shock to the patient.
An electric shock is used with the intention of restoring the heart’s regular rhythm again. However, when someone goes into cardiac arrest, you should always call 999.
The purpose of a defibrillator is to allow you to deliver lifesaving services without training. Not all defibrillators are the same, but they all give clear directions on how to use them. The steps are as follows:
1.) Turn on the defibrillator and follow it’s instructions.
2.) The sticky pads need to be attached to the patient’s bare skin, one on each side of their chest.
3.) The defibrillator will now analyse the patient’s heartbeat.
4.) The defibrillator will be able to say if a shock is needed or not. Depending on whether the defibrillator is automatic or not, you may have to press the button to deliver the shock.
5.) You will be told when the shock has been delivered and if you need to continue with CPR.
6.) The defibrillator will continue to monitor the patient’s heartbeat until emergency services arrive.
To find out more about defibrillators and how First Reaction can help, take a look at our Defibrillator page: https://firstreaction.co.uk/defibrillators/Back to news