Automated External Defibrillators make it possible for bystanders to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required, such as: Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
KUC has an AED which is located by the Sanctuary door. It emits clear-voice prompts, and has legible visual instructions, it can be used by anyone, regardless of age or experience. Delivering timely First Aid attendance and calling emergency services are vital in the survival of a person undergoing sudden cardiac arrest.
Time is of the essence in situations that involve cardiac arrest and using an AED is the ONLY effective intervention. Victims have no warning, and neither do their colleagues, teammates or loved ones. When Sudden Cardiac Arrest hits, the person collapses, becomes unconscious, does not have a pulse and stops breathing. The only way to revive someone in Sudden Cardiac Arrest is by applying the AED pads to the victim’s chest and letting the AED analyze their heartbeat. If the heartbeat is found to be irregular, a shock may be advised. This shock is the ONLY WAY to return the heartbeat back to a normal rhythm.