Automatic External Defibrillators by National Safety Council

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A. four b. one c. two d. five 3. Why is the time factors so important in defibrillating the heart following a cardiac arrest? 4. Is a pulse usually associated with ventricular fibrillation? Answers 1. c 2. a 3. Without immediate intervention, death is certain. 4. no. Page 13 Chapter 3 Operation of an Automated External Defibriller Page 14 OBJECTIVES By the end of this chapter you should bedf able to: 1. Define an AED 2. Describe the main components of an AED. 3. List other elements of AED use in addition to the actual operation of an AED.

The coronary arteries run on the outside Page 8 Pacemaker site of heart that causes heart muscle to contract in a coordinated manner of the heart muscle, and each branches at right angles into smaller and smaller vessels. The coronary arteries may become diseased, causing a lack of oxygen to the pacemaker cells. This condition can cause ventricular fibrillation. When Power to the Heart Is Interrupted Ventricular fibrillation (V-Fib) is the abnormal rhythm that is most common in cases of sudden cardiac arrest in adults.

In addition, any child over 90 pounds should have the AED applied if indicated, regardless of age. Use of AEDs on Children Trauma V-Fib and V-Tach are rarely the cause of cardiac arrest caused by trauma. Trauma victims require rapid transport to a trauma center. Defibrillation should not delay the transport of a trauma victim. Some local protocols prohibit the application of AEDs to trauma victims. Keep in mind these Page 40 victims are in cardiac arrest caused by trauma: severe car accidents, gunshots, stabbings, falls from great heights.

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