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Defibrillator can help you save someones life!

23 Sep 2016
Defibrillator can help you save someones life!

What happens in a cardiac arrest?

A human body is full of a lot of muscles but there is one muscle which your body is dependent on and is the tireless blood pump in your heart. The brain starts losing oxygen that can cause death within five minutes, if your heart starts beating abnormally and blood stops flowing. Suffering from cardiac arrest means that the heart slows down and goes into a dangerously abnormal rhythm that means the patient will need emergency medical treatment. To maintain the flow of oxygen to the brain CPR can help, however to get the heart restarted and working normally does require defibrillation with an electric shock.

Heart after Cardiac Arrest - Document XL

What is a defibrillator?

A defibrillator works by using a high voltage that passes an electric current through the heart so it’s shocked into working as normal again.  Some defibrillators consist of an electric supply unit and two metal paddles that are pressed firmly towards the patient’s chest using the handles. The aim is to allow the current to flow through the heart so that it is shocked into working normally. When using this you need to make sure that the electrodes have been applied close enough together.


Defibrillation process on victim - Document XL

How effective are defibrillators and who invented them?

There are a lot of defibrillators around in public places than there used to be, they will be as commonplace as fire extinguishers. The reason behind this is if someone collapses with cardiac arrest, immediate defibrillation increases the chances of survival.

Professor Frank Pantridge a doctor from Northern Ireland, was a life-saving inventor. In the 1960s, he realized that many people were dying unnecessarily because they typically experienced cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in some other public place. By the time they'd been taken to a hospital where there was a defibrillator to kick-start their heart, it was already too late to save them.

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