The Club has Defibrillator, which is located in the entry lobby of the clubhouse by the entry alarm keypad.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, certified first responder, and basic life support (BLS) level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.
Using an AED can do no harm, or make things worse - it saves lives.
An AED is a very safe and easy to use electronic device, designed to be used by a layperson.
It automatically reads the heart rhythm of someone who may have suffered a cardiac arrest and diagnoses if an electrical shock is required to restore a normal heart rhythm.
The AED’s use a series of illustrations and calm voice prompts to guide someone through the whole process, step by step.
AED’s are designed to be used by anyone. An AED will use a series of voice prompts and illustrations to give step by step guidance. It is impossible to give a shock to the heart of someone who does not need one.
Defibrillation is an electrical shock delivered to the heart designed to terminate a life-threatening arrhythmia or cardiac arrest.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a device capable of automatically detecting a heart rhythm that requires a shock.
If you are around when someone has sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), you can follow a few simple steps to use an AED to save his life.
If you see a person who appears to have an emergency episode, you need to check to ensure that it is cardiac arrest before you use an AED.
Check to see if the victim is unable to respond, if he is breathing, and his pulse.
You can use the ABC method. If you find no pulse or breath, you need to start CPR.
If you come upon a person and you have no idea how long he has been unconscious, you need to make sure he is actually having medical problems and is not just asleep.
To try to wake him up, you can shake him, yell into his ear, or try clapping near him. If he shows no signs of waking up, confirm cardiac arrest.
As soon as you assess that it is an emergency situation, you need to call 999. Explain to them where you are and what is going on. Let them know that you have an AED on site and that you plan to use it.
If you are not there alone, you should start giving CPR while the other person is getting the AED. If you are alone, call 999, then start CPR.
Before you turn on and use an AED, you need to make sure that the person you are helping is not wet. If they are, you need to dry them off. If there is water in the immediate area, you need to move the person to a dry place.
Once you are sure there is no water, you need to turn on the AED. When it comes on, it will give you instructions of how to handle the situation.
It will likely tell you to attach the cables for the pads into the AED machine. You typically hook them up above the blinking light on the top of the machine.
It will also instruct you to prepare the person once the pads are plugged in.
To use the AED pads, you must remove certain things from the victim. Open or cut through his shirt. If his chest is very hairy, you will have to shave it.
You should also look for signs of implanted devices, such as a pacemaker.
If you see any metal jewellery or accessory, remove it. The metal will conduct electricity.
The electrodes for the AED are typically adhesive pads. The AED will advise you to put the electrodes or pads in place.
You need to make sure that they are placed correctly so the victim will get the maximum amount of shock necessary.
One pad should be placed below the collarbone on the upper right side of the victim's bare chest.
The other should be placed below the peck or breast on the left, at the bottom of his heart, slightly along his side.
Once the pads are properly in place, you need to get everyone clear of the victim.
When everyone has moved back, press the analyse button on the AED. It will begin to analyse the heart rhythm of the victim.
If the AED advises that you need to shock the patient, you need to make sure, once again, that the victim is clear.
Once you do, push the shock button on the AED. This will send an electric shock through the electrodes to help restart the heart.
◦ The AED will only give one shock at a time. It doesn't last that long, but expect him to move with the force of the shock.
Once you have given the victim a shock, you need to continue CPR.
You should do it for 2 additional minutes and then let the AED check for a heart rhythm again.
Keep this up until emergency services arrive.