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Using a Defibrillator on a Child

Children have medical emergencies like cardiac arrest, and you should know what to do.

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Implantable Defibrillator Vs. Automated Defibrillator

There are two main types of defibrillators. One is an implantable defibrillator, and the other one is an automated external defibrillator, also known as an AED. Although they are both classified as defibrillators, they are different in many ways. However, the basic concept of them is the same.

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The Importance of Having an AED Device On Hand

An AED, also known as an automated external defibrillator, is a device used to get a person's heartbeat back to normal. It's a portable device that's electronic and actually diagnoses the cardiac arrhythmias that can be life threatening. Once the device diagnoses that there is an issue, it sends an electric shock to stop the arrhythmia and basically restart the heart to get it back to its natural rhythm. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is a medical problem that deals with the rhythm of a person's heartbeat. When a person has an arrhythmia, the heart may beat too slow, too fast or at an irregular rhythm. For instance, tachycardia is when the heart beats too fast while bradycardia is when the heart beats too slow. A majority of irregular heartbeats are nothing to worry about, but some are more serious and might require immediate medical attention because they're life threatening.

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What You Should Know About Using a Defibrillator

Prior to taking American Heart Classes to learn to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED), it doesn't hurt to learn some information about it. It will make learning to use a defibrillator much easier.You won't have to stress about learning everything about CPR and other life-saving techniques all in one course. 

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Why Should You Take A First Aid Course

Earning your first aid certification can open the doors to new opportunities. It has the potential to enhance your life in many different aspects. So you're probably curious as to why you should earn your advanced first aid certification if it's not a requirement implemented by your employer or necessary for your field of work.

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CPR Training Pays Off Around The Holiday Season

Is CPR and AED training worth your time when there are ambulances available? The question of the usefulness of emergency training in the workplace in urban areas has been asked because of the availability of ambulances and hospitals within the city.

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Every Business Should Have An AED

AED stands for automated external defibrillator. It is a device that diagnoses cardiac arrhythmias, fibrillation, and tachycardia. After diagnoses it can treat through defibrillation. Having an automated external defibrillator can possibly save a live because it allows the heart to start beating effectively again by stopping the arrhythmia. Having an AED on hand as well as qualified trained employee who knows how to work it and identify a heart attack allows for peace of mind in the workplace.

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Tim Hoffman's Survival Story Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Tim Hoffman is a man that survived sudden cardiac arrest due to quick actions of coworkers and an EMT crew that had an Automated External Defibrillator. Tim Hoffman died and was brought back to life on October 13, 2013.Tim was working as an automotive mechanic at a car dealership in Coon Rapids, MN. Tim’s day started out like any other day, without an abnormality in his morning routine.

Tim’s world changed at 10:42 am. Tim was working on an SUV when he suffered from sudden cardiac arrest. Tim fell to the floor and Josh Gagner, a quick acting coworker, rushed to Tim’s aid. Josh immediately evaluated the situation and realized that Tim needed CPR. Josh started performing bystander CPR and called out for another coworker to call 911.

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Big CPR Changes Mean Better Survival Rates

CPR is no longer about supplying rescue breathing to patients who have stopped breathing or have had a heart attack. The focus now is on quality chest compressions. Rescue breathing only occurs when the victim can be fitted with an advanced airway device that enables the integration of oxygen. 

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