Definition and Aims of Treating Defibrillation

Definition and Aims of Treating Defibrillation

Defibrillation is the emergency procedure where first aiders apply an electronic device called an automated external defibrillator or AED to the chest of a cardiac arrest casualty and the device delivers a don't follows controlled electric shock to the casualty’s heart.
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  • Send someone for the AED if not already.
  • Ensure safety
  • If multiple rescuers are present, assign tasks for each rescuers
  • Turn on the AED
  • Attach the electrode pads
  • If multiple rescuers, continue CPR while the pads are attached
  • Follow the voice/visual prompts of the AED
  • Ensure that nobody touches the casualty while the AED is analyzing the rhythm

If a shock is indicated:
  • Ensure that nobody touches the casualty
  • Push the shock button as directed
  • Fully-automatic AEDs will deliver the shock automatically
  • Continue to follow the voice/visual prompts of the AED
If no shock is indicated:
  • Immediately resume CPR using a ratio of 30 compressions to 2 rescue breaths.
  • Continue to follow the voice/visual prompts of the AED.
  • Send someone for the AED if not already.
  • Ensure safety
  • If multiple rescuers are present, assign tasks for each rescuers
  • Turn on the AED
  • Attach the electrode pads
  • If multiple rescuers, continue CPR while the pads are attached
  • Follow the voice/visual prompts of the AED
  • Ensure that nobody touches the casualty while the AED is analyzing the rhythm

If a shock is indicated:
  • Ensure that nobody touches the casualty
  • Push the shock button as directed
  • Fully-automatic AEDs will deliver the shock automatically
  • Continue to follow the voice/visual prompts of the AED
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Aims of Treatment
  • To maintain an open airway
  • To assess and record the level of response
  • To arrange, if necessary, urgent removal to hospital
  • To treat any associated injuries
  • To gather and retain any circumstantial evidence of the cause of the condition.

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