Which Type of External Defibrillator Can I Use?

Q: My father has atrial fibrillation. I want to buy an external defibrillator in case his heartbeat becomes out of control in an episode. Is external defibrillator easy to use? Which type should I choose?

A: It is necessary for you to have an external defibrillator at home if one of your family members has atrial fibrillation. Once the emergency occurs, you can help him to control his heartbeat with the external defibrillator. A defibrillator is much more effective than medicines in a short period of time, so it is really vital in emergency.

There are three types of automated external defibrillators (AED). Professional AEDs are designed for first aiders, including firefighters and policemen. Semi-automated external defibrillators and ordinary AEDs are for the public. They are installed in public buildings for emergency occurred in the public. For emergency in home, you can buy a semi-automated external defibrillator or an ordinary AED. It is not difficult to use. Just follow the instruction.



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