Semi-Automatic and Automatic AEDs: What’s the Difference?

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The popularity of Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) in airports, schools, sports arenas, office buildings, and retail stores means that people who experience sudden cardiac arrest have a better chance of survival than ever before. Yet there are some key differences in the types of AED’s available where people gather that may prove to be important in the event of an … Read More

Is It Safe to Purchase a Refurbished ECG/EKG Machine?

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From computers to cell phones, refurbished electronics are available everywhere. Yet few people think to purchase a refurbished ECG/EKG machine. At significant cost savings, the most important question people ask is, “Is it safe?” Where do refurbished ECG/EKG machines come from? It is common to assume that a refurbished machine is one that has had a problem. This is not … Read More

ECG and EKG: The Difference May Surprise You

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Acronyms are so common in the medical field that entire semesters in medically-related professional training are devoted to terminology. From AAS to ZEEP, few acronyms cause more confusion than ECG and EKG. Yet their difference may surprise you. What is the difference between an ECG and EKG? Absolutely nothing. That’s right. ECG and EKG actually stand for the same word … Read More

Breathing is Basic… Until it Isn’t

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The average person takes more than 26,000 breaths per day. A function so natural that we take it for granted most of the time breathing is vital to the circulation of oxygen throughout the body. Yet when breath fails a patient, basic life-saving techniques teach that airway, breathing, and circulation is among the first points of interest to rescuers. Known … 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

How You Can Save a Life with CPR and an AED

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The average human heart beats more than 42 million times every year. Every human function from breath to thought relies on the heart beating the way it should. When it suddenly stops, every minute that passes without proper blood flow to the brain reduces the likelihood of survival by 10 percent. In 2013 the EMS response time in Washington DC … Read More

Can an AED be Used on an Infant?

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There are few more heartbreaking scenes than watching a child in physical trouble without being able to help them. Devastating at any age, it is especially difficult when the child is very young. Although rare, there are instances where children experience cardiac arrest and would require life-saving intervention. The question then becomes, is it safe to use an AED on … Read More

Expect the Unexpected: 3 Reasons to Have an AED in the Workplace

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Over the last decade, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has appeared in schools, stores, airports, and medical centers across the country. Based on the idea that the majority of sudden cardiac arrest is denoted by a condition called ventricular fibrillation, these machines are designed to administer a targeted electrical shock to the heart to help it regain its normal rhythm. … 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