When someone has a cardiac arrest, the disorganization of the heart’s pumping rhythm causes it to be unable to contract properly and makes an abrupt interruption of blood circulation. This results to oxygen deprivation to the brain, unconsciousness, defibrillator box and inability to breathe. Within 3 to 4 minutes, the victim’s brain is likely to be damaged. For this reason, it is very important that emergency medical treatment is given immediately in order to resolve the condition. The most common first-aid treatment for cardiac arrest is the cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR, and defibrillation.
Defibrillation helps revive the heart by sending rapid jolts of energy to shock the heart back into its rhythm. A cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival goes up by 10% with after every minute of its use. We are familiar with how they are used as we see them frequently in hospitals, ambulances, and on television shows like Rescue 911 and hospital dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and ER. But we know that it’s very heavy, and we need to be sufficiently trained to use it, like the doctors who mutter barely coherent instructions on its voltage and then shout âclear!.â Of course those things cannot be found outside the hospital or the ambulance and you’d be intimidated to touch it, let alone use it.
This is where portable defibrillators come in use. Immediate aid for cardiac arrest victims is now within reach because of its easy-to-carry packaging and its more automated technology. There is no need for complex buttons to press, and it has instructions that are easy to follow, making just about anyone capable of using it to help save lives.
Portable defibrillators should be placed in public areas like malls, airports, theme parks, hotels, offices, and schools. It should also be strategically located along fire extinguishers or public pay phones for easy access. Because four out of five cardiac arrest occurs at homes, it is also advisable to keep a portable defibrillator handy to be used in emergency cases. Explaining to your kids when and how to use it can spell the difference between the life and death of one of your family members.
ortable defibrillators will be a common sight in public areas.