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Using a HeartSine AED Automated External Defibrillator for Cardiac Arrest

by Barbara 18. July 2010 04:59

Question about the HeartSine AED units

Q: "I belong to a local private golf club. There's been a lot of talk about buying an AED but no action. Many of our members are senior citizens who are more prone to heart issues due to age, weight, health, etc. How complicated are these units to use? Thanks. Phil."

Answer: The Heartsine units are entirely automatic. The Samaritan PAD (Public Access Defibrillator) system senses when the electrode pads are applied to the patient. The it automatically analyzes heart rhythm, advises whether or not therapy should be applied, and delivers carefully defined electrical shock designed to return the heart to a normal rhythm.

The standard Samaritan PAD pack comes with 1 Adult Pad Pak for use on those 8 years of age or older.

Samaritan PAD Features:

  • Visual prompts: Attach Pads, Stand Clear, Perform CPR, Shock Now, Self tests Pass -
  • Ready State Indicators: Low battery voice prompt, (at least 10 discharges remaining), audible prompt (alerts user of electrode disconnect), service icon stops flashing if self-tests fail, no battery, or when service required
  • Voice/icon prompts: Extensive voice and icon prompts guide the user through the operation sequence
  • Waveform: SCOPE (self-compensating output pulse envelope) Biphasic waveform. Optimized biphasic waveform compensates energy, slope and envelope for patient impedance
  • PAD Paks have 3.5 year shelf life
  • Warranty: 7 years by manufacturer

Along with the unit, you do need a simple AED wall holder or a cabinet holder with alarm module if you are concerned about theft. Definitely, you need AED signs.

It is recommended that there be at least one AED unit per floor of a building. For larger buildings, you need more. Usually there is one in every restaurant area, bar, golf shop, etc. These are not inexpensive. However, insurance liability is less with these on premises and the question is how much is a life worth?

The Samaritan Training Pad System is recommended for AHA/ERC Guidelines for 2005 and 2000. It is pre-programmed in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Security guards, managers of restaurants or golf clubs, etc. should be trained so there is familiarity with the units before action is required.

Packages of 10 Electrodes or Single Pairs of Electrodes are available. Remember it to mark the unit to replace electrodes every two years. Childrens electrodes can be used only with the HeartSine Samaritan PAD 300P. Childrens electrodes are for children 1-8 years old and weighing under 55 lbs. (25 kg). Can only be used on units designate with Adult/Child label, Model 300P.

A prescription is needed for each unit. We can arrange for the prescription through HeartSine physician consultants if needed.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara