Information About Home Defibrillators

Tips and information about purchasing a home defibrillator.

Exciting advances in technology show great promise in helping people treat a variety of health problems -some quite serious- at home.Now we can even treat cardiac arrest immediately, rather than waiting for help to arrive.

Some healthcare professionals worry that home defibrillators pose a threat to consumers, and suggest that using CPR is good enough until an EMT or paramedic arrives.

The fact is that CPR cannot "jump start" the heart and a defibrillator can.When every wasted moment lessens the chances for recovery, and increases the chances for brain damage, there may not be time to wait for a professional to arrive on the scene.

One of the leading manufacturers of the home defibrillator has considered the potential risks, and has developed an extremely user-friendly defibrillator.This device is advanced enough to detect a heartbeat and refuse to shock a properly functioning heart.

It also recognizes the difference between child-sized pads and adult-sized pads, and responds accordingly.When the child-sized pad is installed, the device not only discharges a lesser shock but also coaches the user in the use of CPR for children.

NOTE:Child sized cartridges are currently available only with a prescription, and are therefore not included in the standard package.

The defibrillator coaches the user through step-by-step instructions, via a prerecorded message using common language that even a child can understand.The defibrillator is programmed to run tests on itself every so often to determine if there are any defects or if the battery is low.The device will beep if you need a new battery, of if it senses some other potential problem.

Although it is well known that there is only a matter of moments after cardiac arrest before brain damage occurs, many doctors are apprehensive about prescribing home defibrillators out of the fear that they could be held liable should something go wrong.

The leader in the market is now able to offer its product without prescription due to the ease of use and safety precautions that have been incorporated in its design.Home defibrillators can be ordered online, and these devices are already in use in establishments such as airports and other public places, and may soon be appearing in restaurants, offices, and other commercial locations as well as homes.

Manufacturers do not claim that their devices should be used in place of professional medical assistance, but in addition to it.The instructions for the home defibrillator advise the user to call 911 before beginning the defibrillation process.The machine coaches the user through the appropriate use of CPR and then gives clear, simple instructions for using the defibrillator if necessary.

Family members and friends do not have to be afraid of home defibrillators.You will not be making the decision of whether or not a shock is necessary.Once you place the pads on the patient's chest, the defibrillator will begin assessing the heart rhythm.If the defibrillator senses that a shock is necessary, it will talk you through the next steps.

You will be instructed to keep your hands and body clear of the patient, and make sure no one else is touching the patient, before the shock is sent, just like when the doctor shouts "clear" in the emergency room before administering a shock.

Home defibrillators are amazing devices that have the potential to save lives, and in many cases to improve the quality of life.

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