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29th May

Defibrillators – How You Can Save a Life

Every year more than seven million people globally suffer from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) with no warning. And only five to 10% of those affected actually survive.

Saver One Defibrillator Fully Automatic

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is when the heart enters a chaotic rhythm. It usually results from a disturbance in your heart that disrupts its pumping action, stopping the blood flow to the rest of your body. It’s a medical emergency that if not treated immediately, can cause Sudden Cardiac Death.

The symptoms of an SCA are immediate and include:

  • Sudden collapse
  • No pulse
  • No breathing
  • Loss of consciousness

Anyone, anywhere at any time can be affected by an SCA. However, there are risks that can increase the likelihood of them occurring, including smoking, high blood pressure and a family history of coronary artery disease.

What is a defibrillator?

According to the British Heart Foundation a defibrillator is:

“…a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.”

The “shock” is called defibrillation, and it’s a lifesaving step in the chain of survival.

The most frequent heart rhythm witnessed during an SCA is ventricular fibrillation (VF), and the only treatment to overcome this is defibrillation. For every minute that passes between collapse and defibrillation, survival rates from a VF SCA decrease from seven to 10%. However, when early and effective bystander CPR is provided, survival rates can double or triple. This highlights the importance of fast defibrillation coupled with effective CPR as key links in the chain of survival for SCA sufferers.

Who should have a defibrillator?

There is no UK legislation that obliges businesses or premises to have an AED, but under English law, there can be liability in negligence for failing to take appropriate safety precautions on your site.

However, The Health and Safety Executive requires businesses to conduct a risk assessment, and if that identifies the need for an AED, the HSE recommends that your staff should be fully trained in its use. It’s essential to consider the risks to your workforce and anyone else that visits your premises, to determine whether you should have a defibrillator on site.

Factors that increase the risk of an SCA include:

  • An ageing workforce – whilst anyone at any age can be struck down by an SCA, the likelihood of one occurring increases with age. Ask yourself “how many people are over the age of 45?” – this can be particularly relevant for industrial or construction environments.
  • Urban locations – which make it difficult for emergency responders to reach due to traffic, staircases, escalators and crowds of people.
  • Remote locations – which may result in longer response times by emergency medical services.

We recommend that defibrillators are as accessible as possible. This should be a max 90-second brisk walk from any employee. They should be treated in the same way as fire extinguishers, so they should not be locked away in a cupboard, and should be easily accessible to everyone

Choosing the correct defibrillator

There are many alternatives available on the market, so it’s essential that you choose wisely, and the device you select meets all your specific needs and requirements. As it’s important to remember that they are not all the same, and device performance and clinical efficacy vary considerably.

We supply a range of defibrillators to suit all requirements, including:

SAVER ONE DEFIBRILLATOR

6 YEAR WARRANTY, 5 YEAR BATTERY, SEMI AUTOMATIC

Irish Heart Foundation/American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED Certificate

The Saver One D is called DAE, Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator with LCD display.

The device is designed to be used by health care professionals as well as lay people who has duly completed and passed a course BLSD according to international guidelines or higher. The Saver One D is designed to do one or more shock defibrillation of patients, adult or pediatric (children younger than 8 years and weight <25 kg), suffering from ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation by means of an electric shock type biphasic truncated exponential (BTE), with self-compensation of energy would be released in the patient’s thoracic base impedance.

Click here for more information on the SAVER ONE DEFIBRILLATOR

SAVER ONE DEFIBRILLATOR FULLY AUTOMATIC

Easy-to-use AED designed to administer fast and safe treatments against sudden cardiac arrests. Able to give visual fully details on lifesaving actions and many informations throughout a very large display. Practical, intuitive with CPR guidance and clear instructions (voice and text) supporting the rescuer through the protocol for effective operations. Small and lightweight, working with long-life batteries for a maximum portability. The obvious solution for more expertise rescuers or paramedics to act everywhere. It even works just in ECG Monitoring mode.

Click here for more information on the SAVER ONE DEFIBRILLATOR FULLY AUTOMATIC

 

 SAVER ONE DEFIBRILLATOR P 200 J

  • Highly flexible and versatile with advanced capabilities
  • Solid, small and lightweight (<2 kg) with comfortable carrying handle
  • AED for Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Pediatric BLS
  • Manual defibrillation override with a synchronous or asynchronous cardioversion to meet Advanced Life Support (ALS) professionals
  • ECG Monitoring capability

Click here for more information on the SAVER ONE DEFIBRILLATOR P 200 J

 

SAVER ONE DEFIBRILLATOR P 360 J

  • Highly flexible and versatile with advanced capabilities
  • Solid, small and lightweight (<2 kg) with comfortable carrying handle
  • AED for Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Advanced Paediatric BLS
  • Manual defibrillation override with a synchronous or asynchronous cardioversion to meet Advanced Life Support (ALS) professionals
  • ECG Monitoring capability
  • Two energy versions: Standard max 200 Joules or Power max 360 Joules

Click here for more information on the SAVER ONE DEFIBRILLATOR P 360 J

Contact us

if you would like to find out more about our range of defibrillators then please contact our Sales team on

01 866 5727 or email: sales@hiberniamedical.ie

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