Defibrillators are devices that apply an electric charge or current to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. If the heart rhythm stops due to cardiac arrest, also known as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a defibrillator may help it start beating again. A sudden cardiac arrest is fatal unless treated right away with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and a defibrillator.
On the wall at the main gates into our field there is an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). An AED is a lightweight, battery-operated, portable device that checks the heart’s rhythm and can send a shock to the heart to restore normal rhythm. The unit tells the operator or bystander what to do. Anyone can use an AED to help someone having cardiac arrest. Experts recommend training, but it is not required. Sticky pads with sensors, called electrodes, are attached to the chest of someone who is having cardiac arrest. The electrodes send information about the person's heart rhythm to a computer in the AED. The computer analyzes the heart rhythm to find out whether an electric shock is needed. If it is needed, the electrodes deliver one or more shocks.
For a step by step guide on how to use our defibrillator, please click here. Our AED is registered with the National Ambulance Service.
We would like to thank Intact Software for kindly sponsoring our defibrillator.