FAQs about Defibrillators!

FAQs about Defibrillators!

23rd Jan 2023

Defibrillators are a crucial life saving device, but a lot of people don’t know about them! There are an abundance of misunderstandings and questions surrounding them that means a lot of people are hesitant about purchasing one. So, could a defibrillator kill the patient? Can it accidentally shock the user? Is it easy to use? We answer all your questions, and more! 

FAQs about Defibrillators!

Can a defibrillator kill the patient? 

No! You cannot do ‘extra’ harm with a defibrillator. These medical devices will only deliver an electrical shock to the heart of someone who needs it. Remember! If someone has suffered a cardiac arrest, they are already technically dead. Using a defibrillator and administering CPR offers the best chance of restoring life. 

Can it accidentally shock the user? 

No! It is impossible to give a shock to the heart of someone who does not need one. They are completely safe to the rescuer. 

Is it easy to use? 

Yes. Defibrillators are designed to be used by anyone whether you have a medical background or not! Defibrillators(AED) use a series of illustrations and calm voice prompts to guide someone through the whole process, step by step – so you don’t need training on how to use one. 

Do I need to be trained to use a defibrillator (AED)? 

Whilst St John offer training and recommend it for confidence and familiarity, you do not need it to use a defibrillator. Anyone can use a defibrillator – and should, if an emergency presents itself. 

When should a defibrillator be used? 

A defibrillator should be used when you believe someone has suffered a cardiac arrest. That means the individual is unconscious and shows no visible signs of life. 

Could I use a defibrillator in the rain, or if the person is wet? 

Yes. Make sure the persons chest is dried off, and try to seek shelter if possible. 

Could I use a defibrillator on a pregnant woman? 

Absolutely. A mother will need to be resuscitated if an unborn baby is to survive. 

Can a defibrillator be used on both adults and children? 

Yes. Often, there are different pads to be used on a child's body compared to an adult's body and these are found within the defibrillator kit. This makes it safer for children – but never hesitate to use a defibrillator on a child, it will deliver the shock the child needs which will be different to the shock of an adult

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