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What is a defibrillator PDF Print E-mail


A defibrillator is a portable piece of equipment that can save lives by restarting the heart.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is simple to use. It gives voice prompts to advise the operator what action to take and tells them how to resuscitate a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

It will tell the operator to adhere two sticky pads to the patient’s chest and gives instructions where these should be placed. The defibrillator automatically assesses whether to treat the patient with a therapeutic shock. The equipment needs little training.


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