A cardiac starter or a defibrillator, which is also called, provides an electric shock that can cause the heart to start beating again. We at Safeguard offer different types of cardiac starters depending on whether it should be used by a private person or for example in a hospital. Those in hospitals are a little more advanced than those who use public. Contact us at Safeguard so we will help you choose a heart starter that suits your company.
It is supposed that whoever, irrespective of age and education, should be able to use a heart starter to be able to save someone else’s life. It takes about 10 seconds from starting a heart starter until it is ready for use.
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Each year, about 10,000 people in Sweden suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, only about 600 survive. We at Safeguard are involved and help Hjärt-Lungfonden reach their goal of increasing the number of survivors to 1,200 people a year, was it you too!
The heart starter helps you do the right thing
A heart starter should be easy to use and it will help you do the right thing throughout the process. It tells you, among other things, to call for help, to check the breathing, to start CPR, etc. Some heart starters also have a display with information to make it even easier to understand what to do.
In order to be able to save a life with the greatest chance, all the steps are needed and all instructions are followed. Manufacturers of heart starters develop the product all the time to improve all functions so that it becomes easier and easier to use.
Approximately 3 minutes, it takes an average of that a cardiac arrest occurs to an alarm call coming in outside the hospital, but at a cardiac arrest in the hospital it only takes 1 minute. 3 minutes is a long time since there has been a cardiac arrest, and this should be shortened by a CPR training. When a cardiac arrest occurs, it is important to act quickly and it is important to get started with CPR as soon as possible. The chance that the person survives increases 2-3 times if a heart and lung rescue is started as early as possible. It is always better to act in an emergency than to do nothing at all.
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How does a heart starter work?
A heart starter is used on people who have suddenly had a cardiac arrest. When there is a cardiac arrest, there has been an electric chaos in the heart, this one tries to get a stop on via a surge. The power surge should help the heart to re-strike normally.
You attach electrodes to the chest that analyze the heart’s rhythm and determine if there is a need to give a surge to the affected person. If the heart starter thinks it is necessary then it tells the user when to give the shock, the current shock is then sent through the electrodes. If the heart starter does not think it is necessary to give a shock, it will not be possible to do so.
There is research saying that at a cardiac arrest, the risk of death is increased by 10 percent for every minute of time if no treatment is inserted. Therefore, it is extremely important that someone quickly begins cardiopulmonary resuscitation and uses a defibrillator while waiting for an ambulance or other emergency service.
What training is needed?
No training is required to use a heart starter. Most heart starters that are available follow the recommendations of the Swedish CPR Council so that it can be as simple as possible to use it.
We at Safeguard recommend you go for a training so you know exactly how to act in an emergency. Then you will also feel more prepared and safer if you need to use heart and lung rescue.
What is the maintenance required for a heart starter?
Most modern starters do their own self tests. On heart starters, you can set the intervals manually, while others do a self-test every week. The heart starter then checks that everything is ok, so the batteries are not being charged or that there is something else wrong.
If something is wrong with your heart starter, the most common warning signals are a flashing red light or a strong sound signal is emitted. The only thing that you have to check on your own is that the electrodes do not lose their ability to attach to the skin. If the electrodes have passed their expiration date, which is usually 2-5 years, the risk of the adhesive losing its ability to attach increases. It makes it difficult to use, and in the worst case, it does not work to give someone a shock in an emergency.
If the heart starter has been in use then changing batteries and electrodes is needed. It is usually quite easy to change, and the heart starter then makes a self-test to see that everything works as it should and that all changes are made according to instructions.
How many are saved by cardiac arrest
Figures from 2009 show that it is 62% outside a hospital that received cardiac and lung rescue when the ambulance came to the scene of the accident. 80% received CPR rescue in hospital within one minute.
If you call SOS Alarm early, the chance is greater that the person survives, then you will get help via telephone how to act in the emergency.
Contact us at Safeguard so we will help you find a heart starter that suits your company.
Cardiac arrest can be preceded by various symptoms. In heart attacks and angina, the typical symptom is pain in the chest. Vascular cramps can also be expressed in the form of pain in the arms or severe shortness of breath and in case of a heart attack, the pain intensity itself can vary from “no harm at all” to the feeling that “a horse clings over the chest”.
The symptoms are often more diffuse, such as nausea and abdominal pain. In heart attacks, a central depressing chest pain is often seen that lasts for at least 10-15 minutes. The risk of serious complications such as life-threatening heart rhythm disorders leading to cardiac arrest is greatest in the first few hours of a heart attack, therefore, ambulance, 112, should always be alerted if a person has persistent chest pain lasting more than 10-15 minutes.
Why is it necessary to have more starters?
- You get clear instructions from the heart starter how to act
- It always makes self-tests so that it must be ready for an emergency
- It is easy to use and no training to use the heart starter is required
- Each year, about 10,000 people in Sweden are affected by cardiac arrest, only about 600 of them survive.
- The probability of surviving a cardiac arrest is 2-3 times greater if CPR is started as quickly as possible.
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The most important treatment for most adults suffering from cardiac arrest is cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation. Defibrillation refers to an electrical shock through the heart with a so-called heart defibrillator. The power surge from a heart starter can cause the heart’s own electrical signal system to start working again.
While waiting for a heart starter and then between the shocks, CPR, 30: 2 should always be given good quality. Children suffering from cardiac arrest are usually respiratory-related and CPR is therefore of paramount importance.