When someone suffers from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10-14%.
A lot of people are aware of what a defibrillator is used for however, do you know exactly how it saves a life?
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition which causes the heart to beat in an irregular rhythm. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is an electronic device which analyses and aids in restoring the heart’s natural rhythm in the event of a SCA.
Once the defibrillator has charged and prepared to shock, the electrical current is released from the machine and travels through the electrode pads to shock the chest wall or heart.
There are two different types of defibrillator: semi-automatic and fully automatic. A full automatic model will do everything, leaving you to perform CPR when needed, whereas a semi-automatic defibrillator requires you to push a button to deliver the shock.