Defibrillators, by definition, are portable electronic devices. But they go beyond that. That description is poor if we consider that it is a device that helps us save lives.
They originated years ago, as the most efficient means to treat the major cause of cardiac arrest, commonly known as "sudden death", which is ventricular fibrillation (VF). Therefore, the most effective method is for an electric current to pass through the heart. The dea allow the resuscitation of our heart through this open stimulus.
What kind of electric current?
Until relatively recently, a unipolar current was used in defibrillators, that is, in only one direction. But these types of automatic external defibrillators have been discontinued. The usual dose of defibrillation with this current is 360 joules.
On the other hand, within the dea, there is the biphasic current. Which flows in a positive direction for a certain time and then reverse and flow in the other direction, in the negative direction, for a few milliseconds. These downloads made by dea, require half the energy. In this case, the use of joules ranges from 2 to 4 / kg for adults.
Automatic external defibrillators have advanced over the years. Not only do they transmit a discharge of electric current through the heart, but they go beyond.
Characteristics of defibrillators today
- Real CPR Help: It has a full-color screen with bright images of resuscitation, a CPR cycle timer and a large, colorful measuring bar that shows the depth of compressions during CPR. (Remember that a quality CPR makes a difference when it comes to saving a life, only 50% of cardiac stops need defibrillation).
A calm voice guides you with messages to press harder or to inform you that you are performing the compressions correctly. This voice, from the automatic defibrillator, will indicate at the moment that you have to stop to analyze the heart rate and let you know if you need a defibrillation or if you should resume CPR.
- RapidShock analysis: This modern defibrillator offers the shortest heart rate analysis on the market. Reduce breaks as little as possible, to improve the quality of CPR.
- Integrated Pediatric Resuscitation: The dea, have a universal design of electrode patches, which offer a unique and safe solution for adult patients and children.
- WiFi connection: This allows automatic defibrillators to be easily managed in the cloud. This offers a simple and automatic control for the maintenance of the equipment. In addition, it informs you immediately if a failed diagnosis occurs.
- Smart battery: This modern defibrillator incorporates an intelligent battery that can notify its level of charge on the LCD screen or communicate it directly through the DEA management program.
How to use a defibrillator
As you will see in this article, it has never been so easy to use a defibrillator. The DEA show us all the steps to follow, let's think they are designed to be used by non-health personnel.
Anyway, we leave you with the chain of survival, so that you know how to act in case of an emergency by cardiac arrest.
The steps to follow in case of emergency
- Early activation of the Emergency System: The first step we have to do is assess the signs of life, quickly identify the problem and activate the emergency alarm. The number we must dial is the 112, valid for all of Europe. The call must pick up the situation in which we find ourselves precisely: identification of the people making the call, place from where it is called, cause, place where the victim is ... It is important to speak concisely and not hang up the phone until instructed by the operator.
- Basic Life Support: The SVB is the one that is done with the body of the assistant, without external help. It is very difficult for him to reverse the PCR, but it is known that the immediate CPR performed by witnesses can double or triple the victim's survival, helping to minimize possible sequelae.
- Early defibrillation: Defibrillation is the "key to survival." The goal is to access an automatic external defibrillator in less than 5 minutes.
- Advanced life support and post-resuscitation measures: This is the set of measures carried out by trained health personnel and with the appropriate material. Its objective is to identify the cause, reverse the situation and begin effective post-resuscitation care to restore the quality of life.
If you want a more complete training on Basic Life Support, you can do it through our formations.
DEA defibrillator price
The price of a defibrillator ranges between one thousand euros and two thousand euros. Depending on the brand and model. It is also advised to hire a service maintenance and a training approved, depending on the Autonomous Community.
From Proyecto Salvavidas we believe that the price of dea does not have to be an impediment to be cardiosecure. For this reason, we have different ways of acquiring the defibrillator and its derived services.
The dea, in Project Lifeguard, can be acquired through renting, rental o purchase. In the case of external defibrillator renting and defibrillator rental, we talk about monthly fees that are around the monthly 40-60 €.
Together we save lives!