Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Who uses them?

When a person is in cardiac arrest, time is of the essence. Mere minutes can be the difference between full recovery, and death or permanent damage. For this reason, a portable defibulator (also called an external heart defibulator) is a key piece of equipment in any emergency response kit. Most if not all ambulances, and many police cars, have an external defibulator. However, because it can take several minutes for an emergency responder to get on the scene and treat somebody in cardiac arrest with their heart defibulator, many communities are setting up public access defibulation centers, or PAD's. These consist of external defibulators as well as other first aid equipment, and allow volunteers to treat heart attack victims in the crucial minutes before emergency medical services can arrive. 

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