Category Archives: Defibrillator

Defibrillation Trainers

dcf-a100-en-2Because they’ve seen them used in movies and on TV, much of the public is familiar with the defibrillators that save lives by focusing electric energy on the heart to restore normal rhythm. Many people have even used the more user-friendly automated external defibrillators (AEDs) kept on hand in public places for use in emergencies by minimally trained non-medical professionals.

aed_trainerBut many are unaware of the usefulness of defibrillator training devices that mimic the functions of a real defibrillator for practice purposes. Thorough training on defibrillators is essential in emergency situations, since the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim is reduced 10 percent for each minute defibrillation is delayed. Further, the placement of AEDs in workplaces has saved thousands of lives, since about 10,000 of the cardiac arrests occurring in the U.S. each year happen in the workplace. Since a federal push in 2000, some 2.4 million AEDs now hang on walls in public places across the country.

aedpad_imgThe most effective trainers include pads that actually affix to mannequins and offer real-time audio and visual prompts, as well as pre-recorded rescue training scenarios for drills. A choice of manual and automatic functions is preferred so trainers can adjust conditions as needed.

Often these portable, compact, battery-operated units boast prompts and other features identical to real defibrillators so the student can anticipate and react to how they’ll be using such tools in real life​.

What Medical Devices Do Schools Require?

While school health requirements will vary across cities and states, there a few common threads that weave them all together. Whether it is a grade school or a high school, private school or public, all school clinics look out for the health and wellness of the students who come through the doors when the morning bell rings.

The ongoing debate over vaccinations has brought school health requirements to the forefront of the conversation, but fewer people are discussing what type of assistance should be offered to kids once they are already in the building. Because school clinics are suited only to conduct initial assessments, kids are typically required to see their primary doctor for a physical exam before the school year begins. But when kids feel woozy after gym class, when their stomach starts churning after lunch or when they run a fever in history class, it is time to visit the nurse’s office.

The nurse’s office tends to have the bare minimum when it comes to medical devices, but that doesn’t mean the nurses aren’t well prepared. School nurses have plenty of supplies to determine whether students should take short break, head home for the day or receive further medical attention. They use devices like stethoscopesthermometers and plenty of disposables like gauze dressings and gloves, all of which are sold at Medical Device Depot. Additionally, every school must have a defibrillator in case of an emergency. While schools may not be where kids go for primary care, they still need to be prepared for the challenges that every new school year brings. If your school needs updated devices, be sure to make the swap early in the school year before you wear out your old devices.

Should Retailers be Required to Carry AEDs?

The question of a retail store’s responsibility to carry an AED became big news after involvement by the California Supreme Court. A recent article written by a Defibtech employee investigates the pros and cons of retail stores carrying life-saving defibrillators.

Current trends suggest that AEDs, such as Defibtech’s own Lifeline AED, are becoming an expected site at large stores. As the article notes:

“Having an AED on the premises, rather than depending on EMS to travel to a retail store, is important because experts recognize “speed to shock” is the most important aspect of AED lifesaving. Up to 90% of sudden cardiac arrest victims receiving AED treatment within two minutes survive, but the chances of survival decrease with each passing minute. By 10 minutes, most die.”

Medical Device Depot carries defibrillators from all major manufacturers, including Defibtech. For more information on this device, or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot’s website.

AHA and ERC 2010 Guidelines for Resuscitation

On October 18th, the American Heart Association (AHA) and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) will release their 2010 Guidelines for resuscitation. These guidelines are updated once every five years, and reflect the latest scientific research on CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiac Care). As the Guidelines may impact how an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) guides a responder, Cardiac Science is committed to providing you with the latest information regarding any changes.

How are these new Guidelines established?

The American Heart Association (AHA), European Resuscitation Council (ERC), and six other international resuscitation organizations participate in the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

ILCOR conducts a systematic review of the scientific evidence for emergency cardiac care. Through this process, ILCOR will review over 250 studies and publish specific resuscitation recommendations. The AHA and ERC may adopt these recommendations as guidelines, which may affect how responders are trained in CPR and AED use.

What are some of the topics that these Guidelines may address?

Guidelines are confidential until October 18th. You may review the scientific studies that the ILCOR is reviewing, but we will not know the final recommendations until that date.

While we do not know the specific recommendations, we know that ILCOR is reviewing scientific research pertaining to the major areas of resuscitation. These include:

· Basic Life Support
· Advanced Life Support
· Pediatric Life Support
· Defibrillation

What does this mean to you?

The new Guidelines can impact how anyone involved in a resuscitation or life-supporting procedure perform in these critical situations. They can also affect manufacturers like
Cardiac Science, who may have to make changes to how their devices perform in these situations.

Training – the AHA and ERC will provide training in the new Guidelines as soon as November 13th. However, it will take a number of months for these organizations to update their training materials. It will be important to update your training in order to understand the latest protocols for CPR and ECC.

AED Equipment
Cardiac Science has been actively monitoring the research and evaluating the potential impact to our products for many months. Once the new Guidelines are announced, we will assess them and create a plan for each product to address any changes. It may take manufacturers some time to integrate these changes into their products, and some older product platforms may not support the new Guidelines. We are committed to informing our customers what the changes will be and how our products will address them as soon as possible.

Key dates to monitor:

· October 18, 2010 – 2010 Guidelines announced
· November 13, 2010 – Official 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC Instructors Conference (Chicago, IL)
· December 2, 2010 – European Resuscitation Congress (Porto, Portugal)
· December 8, 2010 – Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update Conference (San Diego CA)

Cardiac Science is committed to informing our customers what the changes may be and how our products will address any changes as soon as possible. We appreciate your support as we get prepared for these exciting developments.