FAQ - Priority First Aid
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Did you know 75% of cardiac arrests occur outside of hospital with survival rates increasing by 50% if defibrillation is administered within the first 3 minutes?

[accordion style=”boxed” open=”no”] [accordion_toggle title=”What is an AED?”] An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a small, portable and easy-to-operate lifesaving medical device designed to deliver an electrical shock to a person who is having a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). They are designed to be used by a first responder who is usually a non-medical layperson to save the life of an unconscious victim. [/accordion_toggle] [accordion_toggle title=”Who can use an AED?”] AED’s are designed to be used by non-medical people with little or no previous experience or instruction. In a perfect world, everyone should have CPR and AED training, however modern AEDs are designed to be used by any motivated bystander, regardless of training. [/accordion_toggle] [accordion_toggle title=”Can I accidentally hurt the victim with an AED?”] No, not if you use the unit according to its commands. Most victims will die if they are not treated immediately. Paramedics can’t be everywhere in 3 minutes so your actions can only help. AEDs are designed in such a way that they will analyse and only shock victims who need to be shocked. [/accordion_toggle] [accordion_toggle title=”Who is most at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?”] Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone anywhere, regardless of age, race or gender however some people are at greater risk than others. The factors that may increase individual risk include: • Men aged 40 and over • Post-menopausal women • Smokers • High blood pressure • Diabetes • High fat diet • Lack of exercise • Stress • High cholesterol • Personal or family history of heart disease [/accordion_toggle] [accordion_toggle title=”What is the most common treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?”] In a word, defibrillation. At present, this is the only proven method to restore an erratic heart to a normal rhythm for victims of the most common cardiac arrest conditions, Ventricular Fibrillation and Ventricular Tachycardia. [/accordion_toggle] [accordion_toggle title=”How much time do I have to successfully defibrillate a victim?”] Only minutes. Victims need to be defibrillated within the first 3-5 minutes to have a real chance of survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). [/accordion_toggle] [accordion_toggle title=”Can I hurt others or myself with an AED?”] It’s highly unlikely if you use it properly. The electric shock is programmed to go from one pad to the other (biphasic) through the victim’s chest. Basic precautions, such as not touching the victim during the shock, ensure the safety of rescuers and bystanders. The AED instructs when it’s safe or not safe to touch the patient. [/accordion_toggle] [accordion_toggle title=”Where would you place AED’s?”] Everywhere. • The Home • Corporations & Businesses • Rescue Services • Community Centres • Airports & Airlines • Shopping Centres • Schools • Remote or Rural Areas • Hotels & Leisure • Office or government buildings • Sports stadiums and arenas • Apartment Complexes • Health & Fitness Centres • Golf courses & Bowling Clubs • RSL & Registered Sports Clubs • Places of worship • Parks, and recreational areas • Marine Craft • Medical & Dental Facilities • Public and Domestic Swimming Pools • Concert halls and theatres • Restaurants • Train or bus stations • Retirement Villages [/accordion_toggle]

[accordion_toggle title=”Can AEDs be used on infants or children?”] Yes,from 1 year + with paediatric pads and in accordance with the following guide. The AED when analysing infants or children will automatically calculate and adjust the shock voltage to suit the patients’ weight and chest wall thickness.
0 – 1 Years – No Defibrillation recommended
1 – 8 Years – Yes with paediatric pads for patients up to 25Kgs
8 Years + – Yes with the standard adult pads for patients 25Kgs+. [/accordion_toggle] [/accordion]