Home Defibrillator

How does a Home Defibrillator Work

Children Play Doctor - Home Defibrillator

Children Play Doctor - Home Defibrillator (used with permission)

A home defibrillator is the latest in home safety equipment.  A home defibrillator is a computerized medical device that checks a person’s heart rhythm and lets you know if they require a shock. If the person needs a shock, the machine will allow the caregiver to administer the shock to the ailing person.

 It is simple to use as it utilizes voice prompts, text messages, and lights to let you know what to do next with the person who is having heart trouble. It can make the difference of life or death for a family member or friend who might suffer a heart attack while in your home. These machines are safe, easy to use, and accurate.

 Defibrillators have been a requirement for ambulances and paramedics vehicles.  They have now also being placed in large venues such as sports arenas, gated communities, shopping malls, churches, schools and places that normally have larger crowds. The American Heart Association supports making defibrillators available.  They do advise that the users get proper training and training is readily available.

 How to Use a Home Defibrillator and its Safety Training

 Home defibrillators machines provide you with step-by-step instruction and thus are extremely easy to use.  ,It is important though to know that it is the correct time to utilize this equipment. In other words it is important to recognize that this person is actually having cardiac arrest?

It is recommended that you have three components of safety training: CPR, how to recognize a heart attack, and training on how to use the defibrillator,   These three components fit together nicely. The first aid training teaches you how to recognize a heart attack, the home defibrillator training teaches you how to operate the machine, and almost always CPR is involved with this trio so this is why the combination can be so very important. The first aid training along with the other forms of training let you know important factors such as not to use them on children under eight years of age.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest – Comes without Warning

 A person does not know when sudden cardiac arrest or heart failure can occur. Any time unexpected cardiac arrest attacks, the heart’s electrical processes fails and short circuits, resulting in trembling of the heart instead of a regular rhythmic pumping.  This often creates ventricular fibrillation (VF), which is an irregular heart rhythm.  This even occurs for people that have not had signs of heart disease and will generally occur without any warning. In addition, it frequently occurs in the home.  A defibrillator needs to be applied within five minutes, for the best chance of recovering. It is unfortunate that very few survive mostly because the defibrillator does not arrive in time.  The actual statistics are that less than one in twenty survives.    A defibrillator will not save every person who suffers a sudden heart attack.   This is the same as in a car accident where seat belts do not always save everyone’s life.  Yet if people could be treated with a defibrillator faster, it would save lives.  Thus, a home defibrillator can offer added security for your family and friends.

 The picture used in this blog post is Children Play Doctor from Bigstocks.  It is used in the Home Defibrillator blog post with permission from the photographer.