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Defibrillation and Defibrillators

What is Defibrillation?

Defibrillation is a treatment for the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. It consists of delivering a dose of electrical energy to the heart with a defibrillator. This depolarizes a critical mass of the heart muscle, terminates the arrhythmia, and allows normal sinus rhythm to be reestablished by the body's natural pacemaker, in the sinoatrial node of the heart.

What is a Defibrillator?

Defibrillators can be external, transvenous, or implanted, depending on the type of device used. Some external units, known as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), automate the diagnosis of treatable rhythms, meaning that lay responders or bystanders are able to use them successfully with little, or in some cases no, training. External refers to the fact that know invasion of the body is necessary in order to use the device.

What is an automated external defibrillator (AED)?

Automated External Defibrillators are designed to analyze the heart rhythm, and then advise the user whether a shock is required. They are designed to be used by lay persons, who require little training. This training can consist of as little as the instructions that come with the AED.

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What is a public access defibrillator (PAD)?

Public Access Defibrillators or PADs are provided in public areas such as railway stations, airports, sports venues and anywhere that many people may gather. They can also be provided in offices and residential buildings. Typically designed to be used by the minimally trained or untrained, AEDs are ideal as PADs.

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