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External defibrillator

Police officers are now finding themselves involved in a different type of attacks. The handcuffing position is now giving way to the heart attack.

Aedmasters defibrillators are beginning to find their way into police cars throughout the United States. Police officers aren’t considered medical rescuers but defibrillators are so easy to use and lives can so readily be saved that it’s only logical to include them in the gear of men and women who may very well be first on the scene.

An external defibrillator requires just a few hours’ training to use effectively. Defibrillators are essentially “dummy proof”. Incorrectly attaching the patches to a victim will render the machine less effective but not make the situation worse. If the machine isn’t hooked perfectly to the victim’s body, it’ll still be helpful.

As more police agencies adopt the use of defibrillators the role of police as first responders to emergencies takes on a new dimension. Officers have long been trained on basic CPR and first aid levels. CPR has been stressed but the skills are still elusive to officers who have seldom or never used them. External defibrillators allow even the most inexperienced rescuer to increase the chances of survival of heart attack victims.

Emergency rescue crews have had external defibrillators on board for a long time and make good use of them on a regular basis. External defibrillators are even mounted on walls in public buildings with the instructions included so that anyone can intervene in a life-threatening cardiac arrest. Some people are buying them for their homes if someone there is at high risk for cardiac arrest.
The next time you hear a police siren the cruiser may be heading to another kind of emergency. You can respect your men and women in blue for that.