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WOULD YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A DEFIBRILLATOR?

May 30, 2019

All our Asisa Dental clinics are a protected cardio space, which means that all of them have Semiautomatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

The AED is a portable electronic device whose function is to diagnose and treat cardiorespiratory arrest when it is due to ventricular fibrillation (when the heart has electrical activity, but no mechanical effectiveness) or a pulseless ventricular tachycardia (in which there is electrical activity and in this case the blood pumping is ineffective), thus restoring an effective heart rhythm electrically and mechanically.

Defibrillation is based on the abrupt and brief application of a high voltage electric current to stop and reverse rapid cardiac arrhythmias.

Recent studies tell us that in Spain around 100 people per day die from cardiac arrest and 80% of the cases take place outside the hospital environment. Performing cardiac massage and using AED within 5 minutes after cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival by up to 90%.

Nowadays, these devices are being installed in crowded public places such as airports, shopping centers, sports centers, etc. In Asisa Dental we wanted to join this initiative by providing all clinics with defibrillators.

The use of AED requires little training on the part of the person attending the emergency and can be easily used by non-health care personnel.

All our clinic staff are trained in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and AED use, with annual refresher courses.

To improve prognosis and care in the event of cardiac arrest, a series of actions are defined that are vital and form part of what is called the “chain of survival”:

1- Recognizing cardiac arrest: in the presence of an unconscious person, it is necessary to check that he or she is breathing and responding to stimuli. If it does not do so, it is necessary to warn 112 indicating our exact location.

2- Initiate cardiac massage: place both hands in the center of the patient’s sternum and make compressions downwards about 4 or 5 cm with the arms extended at right angles to the victim’s body. Compressions should be rhythmic, regular and uninterrupted, with a cadence of 100 times per minute. Massage should be maintained until the victim regains consciousness or until medical assistance arrives.

3- Use of the defibrillator: all the devices have locutions that guide us in the steps to follow and are initiated when the device is opened. Briefly, what we should do seriously:

– Discover the patient’s chest and make sure that it is not wet, if this is the case, dry it beforehand.

– Turn on the AED.

– Place the adhesive patches guided by the illustrations that come in them.

– Press the button so that the defibrillator performs the check (important currently not to touch the patient).

– If DESA detects the need to apply the electric shock, press the discharge button.

4- Arrival of the specialized medical attention.

In our clinics Asisa Dental you will feel cardio protected.