It is not every day that you are required to give a staff member, family member, customer or passer by CPR so it is easy to disregard the importance of having a defibrillator. However, having a trusted, reliable and effective defibrillator stocked in your facility and in close range, heightens the chances of saving the lives of those that need assistance when least expected.
What are defibrillators?
Defibrillators are emergency devices that are used on individuals experiencing cardiac arrest where their heart has stopped functioning. The defibrillator device sends an electric pulse/shock to the heart to restore the individuals normal heartbeat. The sooner you use a defibrillator, the greater the person's chances of survival. AED defibrillators being the most common of all, for immediate CPR response, frequently found in public spaces.
What is an AED defibrillator?
AED, stands for Automated External Defibrillators. They are very lightweight, battery-operated, portable devices that are connected to an individual through electrodes which are pads with sensors.
The pads are attached to the chest of someone who is experiencing cardiac arrest. The electrodes send information about the person's heart rhythm to the AED. The AED analyzes the heart rhythm to find out whether an electric shock is necessary. They won’t give the person an electric shock unless it’s necessary, so you can not harm someone by using an AED. Some models ask you to press a button to deliver the shock, and other models deliver the shock automatically.
AED's such as the very reliable and trustworthy Heartsine brand are found in many public places and can be used by anybody in an emergency as they guide you through each step of the process.
Which Heartsine defibrillator is best, 360P or 500P?
Heartsine is a very reliable brand, their devices are integrated with CPR prompts, some with CPR feedback, they are highly portable, clinically validated, simple and user friendly, offer remote monitoring, have a shelf life of four years, Pad-Pak's available in pediatric to assist diverse age groups, they offer one of the highest ratings in the industry which is IP56, this protects the AED from dust and water.
The Heartsine Samaritan 360P is fully automatic, meaning the AED will automatically send a shock to the person in need if necessary. It also offers step by step audio instructions however, it does not offer CPR advisor (audio and visual feedback) whereas the 500P does.
The Heartsine Samaritan 500P is semi-automatic therefore, you are required to press a button upon instruction to deliver the shock. This is a much more user friendly device due to the CPR advisor feature. This feature not only provides step by step instructions but it also provides audio and visual prompts/critique based on your CPR performance, telling you whether you need to "push harder" or "push faster" ensuring your CPR is 100% effective.
More about CPR advisor & it's effectiveness
About 70% of all CPR is ineffectively performed, so the Heartsine Samaritan 500P Defibrillator contains technology that determines whether your compressions are effective, electrically through the defibrillation pads.
Not only will voice prompts guide you through the process of defibrillation, but this device will tell you to “Push Harder” or whether you are doing “Good Compressions” during CPR – all based on real cardiac output (real blood flow).
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What workplaces require a defibrillator or where are they commonly found?
84% of cardiac arrest events occur outside of healthcare settings. Through the use of effective CPR with the Heartsine 500P CPR advisor, the rate of survival is increased by 75%.
Although it is not mandatory, it is for this reason that there should be no limit on areas or facilities that should keep a defibrillator on hand at all times.
AEDs are often found in large public places, including:
- Community centres
- Shopping and business centres
- Sporting clubs and gyms
- Public libraries
When to use a defibrillator
A defibrillator is to be used whenever CPR is needed. A person needs CPR if they are unresponsive and not breathing normally.
Time is absolutely crucial. If someone is unresponsive and not breathing, you must call an ambulance on triple zero (000), start CPR and use a defibrillator as soon as possible. The sooner you do this the higher the chance of survival is.
If you are after a user friendly device that is light weight, extremely well rated that prompts you through every step through visual and audio instructions, the Heartsine 500P with CPR advisor is the bets way to go. This AED device talks you through the process and comments on your CPR performance advising you whether you need to change your tempo or exert more force in order to provide the effective CPR necessary. This takes a fair amount of stress off the user in an already stressful situation.
That is not to say that the 360P is not effective, the 360P is fully automatic and does not require the push of a button to send a shock to the individual needing assistance. It also provides a tough and shock proof carry bag, fast shock time, protection from dust and water and easy to follow audio prompts however, it is unable to critique the quality of CPR you are giving which is a highly effective feature if you have no CPR experience that has proven to increase the chance of survival by 75%.
Therefore the Heartsine 500P with CPR advisor is without a doubt the highest form of AED out of the two.
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