|Title||How to choose an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the aquatic environment - Review of selection considerations|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
The use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is safe and feasible and increase survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest due to malignant ventricular tachycardia. The use of AEDs by trained lay rescuers is recommended in public places where witnessed cardiac arrest is likely to occur.
The aquatic environment is a frequent venue for a large number of people. Lifesaving agencies and organizations all over the world are implementing AEDs as a supplement to basic water rescue equipment, oxygen equipment, CPR and first aid equipment.
AEDs are highly accurate, user-friendly computerized devices with voice and audio prompts that guide the user through the steps of operation. In case of cardiac arrest the rescuer activates the AED and connects it to the victim with adhesive electrodes. The AED analyze the victim's cardiac rhythm. If a shock is indicated, the AED prompts the rescuer to deliver a shock.
A vide variety of AEDs are available on the market complication the selection process; high or low ingress protection-value, pre-connected electrodes, fixed or escalating energy shock protocol, type of batteries etc. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss selection considerations when choosing an AED for the aquatic environment.
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