How Does a Defibrillator Start a Heart in VF

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Defibrillators: Treating Ventricular Fibrillation and Saving Lives

A defibrillator is a life-saving device used to treat ventricular fibrillation (VF), a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm. In VF, the heart fails to pump blood effectively, causing the person to lose consciousness. Defibrillators provide a controlled electric shock to disrupt the abnormal heart rhythm and allow the heart to resume normal function.

Using a Defibrillator in Emergency Situations

  1. Attach the pads to the person's chest, connecting them to the defibrillator.
  2. Deliver the electric shock as prompted by the device.
  3. Perform CPR if instructed by the defibrillator.

Defibrillator and CPR: A Life-Saving Combination

Combining defibrillator use with CPR can greatly increase a person's chance of survival during ventricular fibrillation. CPR involves chest compressions and rescue breathing, which help circulate oxygenated blood to vital organs.

Accessibility of Defibrillators in Public Places

Defibrillators should be easily accessible in public spaces such as schools, offices, and shopping centres to ensure prompt usage in emergencies and increase the likelihood of saving lives.