Why Everyone Should Know How to Operate a Defibrillator
Unfortunately, Sudden Cardiac Arrest continues to be a leading killer worldwide. Regardless of age, health or location SCA continues to strike unexpectedly, thus it is important to be prepared. The First Aid Canada Team highly recommends defibrillators in community centres and public settings, as well as in the home. For every minute someone has to wait before defibrillation after suffering SCA, their chance of survival decreases by 10% making an AED onsite crucial for saving lives.
If you are unfamiliar with how an Automated External Defibrillator works, check out our blog: The Shocking Truth About AEDs – you may be surprised on how smart this technology actually is!
As we mentioned in our previous blog: “Does Your Child’s School Have a Defibrillator?” Philips HeartStart Automated External Defibrillators provide the user with voice commands indicating the steps needed to correctly save a life in the case of an emergency. Because the Philips HeartStart technology is so smart, defibrillators know the intensity of the shock needed to restart the heart making the operating process easy enough for a third grader to operate without having had previous training.
Everyone should know how to operate a defibrillator because it can mean the difference between life and death. The more defibrillators placed in public settings, the better. Signs and vibrant casing are also important in locating these life-saving devices. Signage should be placed above the onsite AED and individuals frequenting the facility should know where to locate this device.
The First Aid Canada Team hopes that you never have to operate an Automated External Defibrillator, but are prepared. For more information on the defibrillators offered by First Aid Canada, please click here.
Life is Precious. Be Prepared.