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WOULD YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A DEFIBRILLATOR?

May 30, 2019

Allour Asisa Dental clinics are a protected cardio space, which means that all ofthem have Semiautomatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

TheAED is a portable electronic device whose function is to diagnose and treatcardiorespiratory arrest when it is due to ventricular fibrillation (when theheart has electrical activity, but no mechanical effectiveness) or a pulselessventricular tachycardia (in which there is electrical activity and in this casethe blood pumping is ineffective), thus restoring an effective heart rhythmelectrically and mechanically.

Defibrillationis based on the abrupt and brief application of a high voltage electric currentto stop and reverse rapid cardiac arrhythmias.

Recentstudies tell us that in Spain around 100 people per day die from cardiac arrestand 80% of the cases take place outside the hospital environment. Performingcardiac massage and using AED within 5 minutes after cardiac arrest increasesthe 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 thisinitiative by providing all clinics with defibrillators.

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

Allour clinic staff are trained in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and AEDuse, with annual refresher courses.

Toimprove prognosis and care in the event of cardiac arrest, a series of actionsare defined that are vital and form part of what is called the “chain ofsurvival”:

1- Recognizing cardiac arrest: in the presence of an unconscious person, it is necessaryto check that he or she is breathing and responding to stimuli. If it does notdo 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 sternumand make compressions downwards about 4 or 5 cm with the arms extended at rightangles to the victim’s body. Compressions should be rhythmic, regular anduninterrupted, with a cadence of 100 times per minute. Massage should bemaintained until the victim regains consciousness or until medical assistancearrives.

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

–Discover the patient’s chest and make sure that it is not wet, if this is thecase, 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 currentlynot to touch the patient).

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

4- Arrival of the specialized medical attention.

Inour clinics Asisa Dental you will feel cardio protected.