Since ambulances are usually arriving too late in cardiac arrest cases, the automatic external defibrillators (AED) can save countless lives. A new study shows that automatic external defibrillator doubles the chances of survival in cardiac arrest cases.
Every second count, in cardiac arrest cases
Worldwide, the cardiac arrest and respiratory arrest kill more people than car accidents, cancer, diabetes, or any other type of health condition. 90% of those affected get into ventricular fibrillation, which means they can be saved if appropriate first aid would be immediately offered.
Unfortunately, this happens very rarely because it is not possible for the ambulance to arrive in the proper time to the patients. Besides, many people have no idea how to give a proper CPR. In cases of cardiac arrest, every second count.
A heart can be revived even after 8 minutes but those 8 minutes mean irreversible damage to the brain. That’s why automated external defibrillators can save many lives.
Automatic external defibrillator doubles the chances of survival in cardiac arrest, a new study finds
An automated external defibrillator is exactly the same thing as professional medical defibrillators that are present in ambulances or in hospitals, only that an AED is smaller and easier to use.
The health officials of many countries, including the US, imposed the installation of automated defibrillators in malls, subway stations, railway stations, and airports.
An automatic external defibrillator is ideal for those who are prone to cardiac arrest. Being so small, an AED fits in a suitcase and a patient can take the device with him/her when on vacation or whatever.
In accordance with the American Heart Assosiation guidelines, using an AED is the third stage that should be done in the case of a cardiac arrest. The first stage is calling 911 and the second is CPR.
However, a recent study shows that a public-AED (from malls, subway stations, and so on) increases the chances for survival by 173%. In short, an automated external defibrillator doubles the chances of survival in cardiac arrest cases.