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Defibrillators and AEDs

Your defibrillator specialist

With our reliable defibrillators, you keep the workplace safe. We also offer training in CPR and defibrillators, our instructors will come to you regardless of where you are in the country. With a CPR training, you meet the requirements from the Work Environment Act that a sufficient number of employees must be able to perform first aid measures.

We are retailers of a number of different defibrillators, and we are happy to help you choose the right model for your purposes. Keep in mind that a defibrillator is very safe, it cannot give a shock if it is absolutely not needed. A clear voice will give instructions and guide the user. It can and may be used by everyone, no training is needed. However, we recommend training to be able to use the defibrillator in the best way, then you can train with a copy of the model you acquire.

Just like a fire extinguisher, we hope to never have to use it, but should the accident occur, the defibrillator can be vital.

 

Defibrillators save lives

Research clearly shows that use of a defibrillator among the general public will increases survival. Something Ross. A Pollack with others conclude his article "Impact of Bystander Automated External Defibrillator Use on Survival and Functional Outcomes in Shockable Observed Public Cardiac Even J. Hollenberg with other believe that defibrillators among the general public will increase survival in the event of cardiac arrest in the article "https://www.resuscitationjournal.com/article/S0300-9572(15)00111-2/references".

If someone suffers from cardiac arrest, it is very urgent and every minute that goes by reduces the chances of survival by 10%. Therefore, it is important that there is a defibrillator on hand in all environments where a cardiac arrest is likely to occur. It includes workplaces as well as sports facilities and major events.

There are a number of different models of defibrillators from Lifetek and Philips, among others, which are suitable for different environments and needs. If you are looking for a model that will withstand slightly tougher environments with a lot of moisture and dust, it should have an IP rating of IP55. Such defibrillators are for example good alternatives for industries, construction sites, swimming pools or places where the defibrillator needs to be able to be used outdoors in all weathers. If you need advice on finding the right type of first aid material for your business, our competent staff will be more than happy to help.

 

This is how a defibrillator works

A defibrillator's job is to send a current electric shock to the heart, so the heart can start to beat normally again and pump around the vital oxygen-rich blood to the body's organs. When a person suffers a cardiac arrest, an electrical chaos can occur which means that the heart can no longer pump any blood. By sending one or more electric shocks through the heart muscle, the electrical chaos can be reset and the heart can return to a normal rhythm. However, the defibrillator sometimes does not even help, even if you do everything right.

 

How to use the defibrillator:

Start the defibrillator by turning on/off the button or by opening the lid.

The defibrillator starts giving you voice instructions. Follow these. Step by step it tells you what to do. Some examples of voice instructions you can hear are; Alarm 112, attach the electrodes according to the instructions on the package.

Attach the electrodes to the person's bare chest. One electrode is placed just below the right collarbone and the other is placed about 10 centimeters below the left armpit. If the person is wet, the breast should be dried so that the electrodes attach properly. It is important that they come into contact with the skin.

Analysis begins. When the electrodes are attached correctly, the defibrillator begins to analyze the heart rhythm, it picks up electrical signals and analyzes them.

Shock is recommended. If the defibrillator says that a shock is recommended, it will give you the instructions of that no one touches the person, and all you do is press the shock button.

Cardiopulmonary rescue. After the shock, the defibrillator tells you when you can touch the person again. It will then instruct you to start CPR.

Analysis begins. After two minutes, the defibrillator starts analyzing the heart rhythm again and a possible new shock may need to be given.

If the person shows clear signs of life, you can interrupt the CPR and put the person in a stable side position while waiting for an ambulance, but if no signs of life are visible, continue to follow the defibrillator's instructions at all times to help.

 

Easy and efficient use

One of the main features of defibrillators, regardless of the manufacturer is that they are easy to use. You do not need any previous experience using a defibrillator. Voice instructions and text messages let you know if you are doing the compressions correctly or if you need to press harder, which is crucial when you have a very small time margin.

Even if you do not need any training, we recommend our customers to practice using the defibrillator. Being familiar with the device and how it works will give you greater security if you need to use it. Feel free to supplement with a standardized sign that shows the procedure and should be put up where you store the defibrillator.

 

Defibrillator with high reliability

You should be able to trust that the defibrillator works when you need it. That is why we emphasize and show great importance of providing reliable products. This includes automatic self-tests that check the important functions of the devices and alarms if something does not work properly. The products we provide generally have a long shelf life with battery life of up to 5 years and warranty periods of up to 8 years.

 

Defibrillator for children

Several of our defibrillators can be used for both adults and children. They can be used either with a child key or with child electrodes. Both methods reduce the energy level to a level suitable for children between 1-8 years (or weighing less than 25 kg). These models are therefore good choices for preschools, sports and swimming pools and other environments where children often stay.

 

Accessories to the defibrillator

We also provide necessary accessories for defibrillators, such as electrodes, batteries, wall holders, practical bags and much more. We also have smart kits for CPR which, among other things, contain scissors to quickly cut up clothes, respiratory protection, gloves, compresses and razors - the latter is good to have since the electrodes attach better to hair-free skin. There are also practical cutting tools that can effectively cut up clothes when it can be difficult to access with scissors or if the person is wearing protective clothing.

 

Frequently asked questions about defibrillators

We often get questions about defibrillators and have compiled a list of the most common.

 

Is the defibrillator consumed if it is used?

No, it can be used again, but the electrodes that are used in a cardiac arrest are used and need to be replaced before the defibrillator can be used again. The battery may also have run out and need to be replaced.

 

Can you accidentally give a shock and injure the patient?

No, fortunately it should not be possible to give a shock to someone who is not in the need of it. This is because the defibrillator analyzes the heart rhythm and comes to the conclusion that if it helps to give a shock, and it should come to the conclusion that if it does not help with a shock, it will also not be possible to give it even if the user presses the button to deliver the shock, "Shock" button. However, something that is very important is that once you get the recommendation from the defibrillator to give a shock, you have to make sure that you or someone else don’t touch the patient. Should you or someone else touch the patient at the same time as a current shock is sent, you can get a shock yourself, which can be dangerous. Partly for the one who gets the shock and partly because the one who really needs the shock does not get it!

 

Do you have to go to a CPR training to use the defibrillator?

No, there is no requirement of having to complete a CPR training to use a defibrillator, but it is something we recommend. All defibrillators should be easy to use and guide the user with clear voice instructions, but with a CPR training you can see and learn to use the defibrillator through realistic CPR dolls and exercise defibrillators.

 

What is the lifespan of a defibrillator?

The lifespan of a defibrillator is ten years. However, during this time there are consumables such as electrodes and batteries that also need to be replaced several times for the defibrillator to be usable.

 

Do defibrillators need to be charged?

Pretty much all defibrillators have a disposable battery, which means that when the battery is installed, it is ready to be used in standby mode until the battery runs out. When the battery starts to run out, the defibrillator will start to warn for low battery level and the battery will need to be replaced as soon as possible. How the warning is given varies from model to model, but it can be in the form of an audible signal or through a visual symbol in the display. Depending on how long it has been warning of low battery, there is still capacity left to deliver a number of life-saving shocks. The number of shocks varies depending on the model of defibrillator. Regardless, the battery should be replaced with a new one as soon as possible.

 

How long does the battery last? 

How long the battery lasts vary from model of defibrillator, and should be in the user manual. Two years at least is usually enough for most defibrillators' batteries, but more common are from 4 years and up. If the defibrillator is turned on, the battery will run out faster. If the defibrillator is used and you need to give one or more life-saving shocks, it may be a good idea to get a new battery as soon as possible after that. It may need to be replaced in the near future if it has not already started to warn about low battery.

 

How long do the electrodes last?

The electrodes last for about 2 years, but can just like batteries vary between different defibrillators. Keep in mind that the electrodes dry out over time and need to be replaced before the expiring date that is stated on the electrode packaging. If the package be broken, the electrodes will dry out faster, so they also need to be replaced if someone has accidentally broken the package and of course also if they need to be used in a cardiac arrest.

 

How do you know that there will be an electrode and battery for the defibrillator in the future?

It is the manufacturer's obligation to continue to supply consumables such as electrodes and batteries also in the future. A defibrillator has a lifespan of 10 years and during this period this should be available to supplement with.

 

How much do electrodes and batteries cost?

It varies between different defibrillators. Keep in mind that they have different durations and the cost can vary quite a lot. It is thus not only the price for the defibrillator itself that you may want to take into account, but also the operating costs. Electrodes can cost between GBP50 ex VAT and GBP150 ex VAT and batteries between GBP80 ex VAT and BGP350 ex VAT. As you can see, it can vary greatly.

 

Which defibrillator should I choose?

Nowadays, there are a plenty of different models on the market. All defibrillators basically work in the same way, they are sending a life-saving shock through the patient's heart. In hope of that it will start the heart beat again. Whether any model of defibrillator does this better than anyone else, no one knows yet. All defibrillators in Europe must be CE marked and follow the same rules and laws. If you look at it that way, the pacemaker with the lowest price should be equivalent to the most expensive. But just like with other products, the brand of the product can record how much you value it. A brand can be associated with a history of quality. So, at the end of the day, we can’t say that one model is better than another, but one can imagine that a manufacturer that has been around for a long time and that focuses on products in medical technology can be a safe choice.

 

Does the defibrillator have voice instructions in the local language?

Yes, all defibrillators should have voice instructions that guide the user as well as has instructions and manuals in the local language. By default, the defibrillator comes with local voice instructions, but it is possible to select another language as preinstalled. There are also defibrillators where you can switch between different languages.

 

Choose the right first aid products

Whether you are in need of a defibrillator for the construction site, office or for your home, you have a large selection to choose from in our online store. At CPR-Help, we value the customer's experience of our products. Therefore, your feedback is important and we listen to our customers' requests for improvements. We are happy to help you to choose the right products and accessories for your needs.

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