Automated External Defibrillator ( Aed ) - Resuscitation

The chance that the heart of one moment to the other loses its pumping power is very small, but it can happen. Your life then depends on fast and well-executed resuscitation.

The cause of the loss of pump power in four of the five cases, a heart rhythm disorder ± ventricular fibrillation. The muscle cells in the heart ventricles no longer vibrate rhythmically but go chaotic, causing the heart suddenly no longer able to pump blood around the circulatory system and stops. Ventricular fibrillation can develop suddenly after a heart attack, as a part of the heart muscle does not work properly. The consequences are often very serious. Organs and tissues are suddenly deprived of oxygen and the damage to the brains can be irreparably after only six minutes.

An important part of resuscitation is to administer an electric shock with an AED, an Automated External Defibrillator. That shock stops the fibrillation and restore normal heart rhythm. But an AED is not usually readily available. In order to bridge the time is chest compressions and ventilation are also of great importance.

The sooner, the better 

The sooner the circulation takes off, the better. This may be a matter of seconds. A well-performed chest compressions with ventilation limited the damage to the brains in the first few minutes, but is not able to make it right. The heart back to normal This is only possible by the administration of an electric shock with an AED. Only an electric shock can stop ventricular fibrillation and bring the heart muscle cells back into their normal rhythm.

CPR is designed to use an AED as soon as possible and to bridge with chest compressions and rescue breathing. Meanwhile The hospital is a defibrillator available quickly and lasts chest compressions and rescue breathing very short, if there is such a phase. Outside the hospital almost always takes the chest compression and ventilation for much longer, because it takes time before an ambulance or an AED spot. Resuscitation outside the hospital is a roadmap: first the alarm, then chest compressions and ventilations, AED and then finally aftercare.

 The chance that the heart of one moment to the other loses its pumping power is very smal Automated External Defibrillator ( AED ) - Resuscitation

The alarm 

 If you are in a public place such as an airport, then hangs a AED possible for grabs on the wall. An AED in public space is in a green box with the white letters AED. The use of such AED requires no special expertise. In an emergency, you can open the box and follow the voice instructions of the device. The AED automatically checks the administration of an electric shock is indeed necessary. Hangs an AED is not up for grabs on the wall, then you need after the alarm begin chest compressions and ventilations.

Chest compression and ventilation 

Chest compression and ventilation to keep the circulatory system as well as possible in position until the AED is spot on. Chest compressions is the strong pressing of the chest to the cavities in the artificial heart blank to be pressed. Through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is fresh oxygen blown into the lungs.

Chest compression and ventilation you can not learn from a book. It's a pretty strenuous job that you need to learn by doing. A CPR course is useful for everyone, but especially for household of people who have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death ±. Most cases of sudden cardiac death are middle-aged men who just happens at home. A CPR course you can follow in most hospitals.


What is an AED? An AED gives the heart a shock, making all electrical activity stops put. This gives the natural pacemaker of the heart, the sinus node, the chance to record the normal rhythm again.

For several years the Dutch government promotes the distribution of AEDs in public areas, not only but also in police cars. An AED in a public space can be used by anyone in an emergency.

If you see someone collapse and feel no heartbeat or breathing, call 112 first only then beginning with chest compressions and rescue breathing. It is vital that an AED is on site as soon as possible.

After resuscitation 

Someone who is reanimated is hospitalized. In many cases, it was a heart attack prior to the resuscitation and treatment is almost always necessary. It also examined whether the brains have suffered damage.

There may be risk of repetition. In that case, sometimes by means of a surgical procedure comment. An implantable defibrillator The name for such a device is ICD, an abbreviation of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. An ICD is basically a subcutaneous miniature version of an AED.

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