Zoll Defibrillator Portable Defib are installed in schools, malls, shopping centers, theaters, offices, health clubs, government buildings, factories, airports, etc. to provide first aid to the victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The victim is given a biphasic defibrillation shock with the AED which helps to bring back the heart beat to normal. As the AED equipment is used in case of emergency where it is a matter of life and death the accuracy rate of the equipment plays a major role. It is advisable to use equipment that complies with standards of organizations like Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the American Heart Association’s (AHA).
Another Zoll Defibrillator Portable Defib protocol requires that the defibrillator must not be used for a victim of under 1 year of age. It should not be used to defibrillate a patient who has pulse. For the victims of sudden cardiac arrest who are over 8 years of age, the responsiveness of the victim needs to be checked and then the responder needs to call 911 for emergency responders.
The next thing which the responder is required to do is to get an AED if it is around, and start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) right away. Knowing how to perform CPR is essential as only half of the patients of sudden cardiac arrest actually require defibrillation.
Certain steps need to be followed for adult CPR, such as ensuring if the scene is safe, taking care if the victim is lying on a flat surface and that he is not lying face down. The responder then needs to find out if the victim is breathing normally or else CPR is required.
It is important to follow the Zoll Defibrillator Portable Defib protocols to ensure that no harm comes to the patient of sudden cardiac arrest before the arrival of emergency medical services. In a nutshell, basic steps of AED Protocol are: safety checking and clearing the area, checking responsiveness of the patient, calling 911 and requesting EMS, checking for breathing, giving 2 slow breaths in case of abnormal or no breathing, checking for pulse, turning on the AED in case there is no pulse, attaching the AED electrode pads, ensuring no one is touching the victim, analyzing the heart rhythm and if pressing the “Shock” button is advised.
For using Zoll Defibrillator Portable Defib, the rescuer is required to turn on the AED and follow the voice prompts. The next step is to attach pads, and care must be taken that pads meant for a child are not used on adult and vice versa. The correct placement of pads is also essential and the rescuer can easily know how to place the pads exactly by seeing the picture on the packaging.
While delivering shock, it is responsibility of the responder to make sure that nobody is touching the patient including the responder himself as the electric shock may be potentially fatal. If the AED indicates that no shock is required, then the rescuer is required to perform CPR only. The responder is required to follow the same steps in case the victim is a child except he should remember to attach the pads meant for child and not an adult.