I Got the Power! Your AED and Defibrillator Battery Guide

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The first defibrillators used in hospitals were large, bulky machines that could not be easily transported from room to room. Today, AEDs are small enough to fit in a large first aid kit, and defibrillators can be easily carried with EMT equipment or from one hospital room to another. Powered by rechargeable batteries, these devices must be regularly serviced to … Read More

A Small Portable Defibrillator vs The Smallest Portable AED

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We love giant things. The world’s largest ice cream sundae gives us a vicarious sugar rush. The world’s largest ball of twine (in Cawker, Kansas) garners thousands of visitors every year. You can even order a 72-ounce steak at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. But there are some cases when bigger is not necessarily better. When it … Read More

Treating Cardiac Arrest: Defibrillator vs. Pacemaker

Each year, more than 350,000 Americans experience a sudden, out-of-hospital loss of electrical function in the heart, called cardiac arrest. Where heart attack is caused by a blockage in the heart that, in turn, causes death of cardiac muscle, cardiac arrest happens when the heart’s electrical system ceases to work the way it should. But before you can understand the … Read More

Can You Use a Defibrillator on Someone With a Pacemaker?

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It is no secret that the quick action of bystanders can save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. The combination of CPR and a shock from an AED can effectively raise the survival rate of such an incident from 10 percent to 40 percent. But what if a person is fitted with a pacemaker? Can a defibrillator … Read More

Why Do They Say “Clear” Before Using a Defibrillator?

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Anyone who has watched a medical drama has seen desperate but handsome doctors tending to a person in cardiac arrest yell, “Clear,” before administering a jolt of electricity to the patient’s lifeless body. Although using an AED in real life is more dramatic, but less staged, there are three reasons why doctors and rescuers yell, “Clear” before using a defibrillator. … Read More

Defibrillator FAQs: A Comprehensive Guide

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Every medical drama on television seems to have a scene where a handsome but frantic doctor calls out, “Charge to 300! Clear,” before forcing a jolt of electricity into a seemingly lifeless body. In reality, this scene plays out in hospitals across the country as real-life physicians use a device called a defibrillator to save the life of a person … Read More

What is the Difference Between an AED and a Defibrillator?

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In the event of a cardiac emergency, no one wonders about the difference between an AED and a defibrillator. Both devices are used with a person is experiencing a serious heart problem called ventricular fibrillation, or when the heart stops beating, and the lower chambers begin to quiver. Both an AED and a defibrillator administer a targeted electrical shock to … Read More