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Misunderstanding about AED

  • There are many AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in Japanese towns, and the penetration rate is highest in the world.


    However, since the utilization rate is a low 3.7%, we need to learn more about AEDs.

    Actually, I’ve thought that an AED is a device that gives a patient in cardiac arrest an electric shock, and restart the heart.

    In fact, I think that I’ve watched such scenes in some dramas.

    However, AEDs are a device for removing ventricular fibrillation (which is a state that the ventricle cramps and blood don’t flow), and basically cannot resuscitate stopped hearts.

    Since you cannot feel any pulse in both cases of ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest, you need to check the electrocardiogram to confirm the patient’s state.

    If the state is cardiac arrest, you should apply cardiac massage.

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