Defibrillators have an important role in providing the necessary intervention required for successful CPR procedures. Advancements in technology give emergency medical staff the tools to deliver ALS solutions reducing potentially fatal outcomes.
The timing of defibrillation is crucial, with survival rates reducing by 7-10% every minute. AEDs are improving out of hospital cardiac arrest outcomes, and can be found globally in most public places for use by untrained personnel use.
Defibrillators are hazardous medical devices, and are certainly not without risk. With this taken into consideration, regular performance and safety tests of defibrillators will further improve patient safety by ensuring the devices meet manufacturers’ specifications, are accurate, and meet their intended purpose of use.