|How does an AED work?
||As soon as the AED is opened, spoken instructions follow for the rescuer. Accompanied by these instructions, the EMT applies the electrodes (connected to the AED) to the victim's chest. The device analyses the heart rhythm and determines whether it is necessary to administer a shock. The device warns when the shock should be delivered. It also indicates when the rescuer should proceed with CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
|Can I operate the device without any experience with an AED?
||Yes, even without any knowledge of using the device you can operate the AED in an emergency. By means of speech and visual instructions everyone can operate the AED.
|Can I accidentally shock the victim?
||The AED uses advanced software and analyses the victim's heart rhythm. Research has shown that the AED performs a more accurate analysis than most professionals. In more than 98% of cases, the AED will correctly determine that it is not necessary to give a shock. The AED will then not deliver a shock.
|Can the AED also be used on children?
||Children weighing up to 20kg should not simply be connected to the AED. Not every AED is suitable for this. The CardiAid CT207RS and CT207RF, for example, have the option of connecting special children's electrodes. These electrodes can be ordered in the webshop.
|What does the abbreviation AED stand for?
||AED stands for Automatic External Defibrillator. This device supports CPR and delivers a shock when necessary.
|Why should you have an AED nearby?
||Acute cardiac arrest may occur at any time. At home, on the street, while exercising or at work. The victim has a 50-70% chance of survival, provided he is helped within 6 minutes. Waiting for an ambulance to arrive within an average of 8 minutes is often pointless. An AED can be used to provide immediate resuscitation. With clear instructions, even if you haven't had a course, you can save a life.
|As an organisation, am I obliged to have an AED?
||There is no legal requirement for companies or organisations to have an AED. Due to social considerations, more and more organisations are purchasing an AED. Having access to an AED in high-risk environments such as sports parks, gyms, care centres and home and dentists is actually already seen as a necessity.
|What is the difference between a semi-automatic and a fully automatic AED?
||With a semi-automatic AED, the care worker has to press a button to deliver a shock. A fully automatic AED performs this operation automatically.
|Do I need to maintain an AED?
||Yes, an AED needs to be maintained. It is advisable to enter into a maintenance contract when purchasing an AED. This will check the voltage of the battery so that the AED remains capable of delivering a shock. We have a complete maintenance package that does not involve any additional costs.
|What is the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?
||A cardiac arrest is an acute situation in which the normal heart rhythm is suddenly disturbed. This is because the heart is not functioning normally. Instead of the normal pumping action, the heart 'vibrates' without which blood is no longer pumped around. In the event of a heart attack, the coronary artery is narrowed, so that the heart is no longer able to pump blood through that coronary artery. Part of the heart then no longer receives oxygen and will die over time.