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Automated External Defibrillator in Stinchcombe

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An Automated External Defibrillator has now been installed at the Rugby Club (see

Should you ever need one in a hurry.

How does an AED work?

When turned on, the AED will instruct the users to connect the pads to a patient’s bare chest.  The pads enable the AED to examine the patient’s heart and determine if the patient is in a viable, shockable rhythm.  If the device determines that a shock is required, it will charge up in preparation to deliver a shock.  The AED is very safe as it will only deliver a charge when it determines a shockable rhythm is present.  For more information click here.

When charged, the device instructs the user to ensure no-one is touching the victim and then to press a button to deliver the shock.  In the case of a fully automatic AED the unit will advise the user that it will deliver the shock without further intervention.  After the shock is delivered, the device will instruct the user to commence/continue CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) for a period, after which it will analyse the patient’s heart rhythm once again, advising whether a further shock or more CPR is needed.

An AED has an internal memory, which stores the ECG of the patient along with details of the time the unit was activated and the number and strength of any shocks delivered.  All this memorised data can be either downloaded to a computer or printed out, so that it can be analysed by appropriate medical personnel.