What is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)?
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrests, kills one Australian every 12 minutes, and is hence the leading cause of death in Australia. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), is the condition in which the heart is no longer able to pump blood to the brain and other organs, because of an electrical problem resulting in a fatal arrhythmia in heart. Most of the time, heart becomes chaotic (ventricular fibrillation, VF) or rapid (ventricular tachycardia, VT). When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and the rest of the body, and the person collapses. In fact, the victim is clinically dead and will remain so unless someone helps immediately. When someone collapses from SCA, immediate defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are essential for any chance of recovery.
What is the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and heart attack?
A heart attack is a condition in which a blood clot suddenly blocks a coronary artery, resulting in the death of the heart muscle supplied by that artery, unless the clot is opened within a few hours. Heart attack victims usually experience symptoms such as chest discomfort or pain and remain conscious. Most people who have a heart attack survive the event. Other people have an SCA independently from a heart attack and without warning signs. SCA results in death if it is not treated immediately.
How can sudden cardiac arrest be treated?
SCA is treatable most of the time, especially when it is due to an electrical abnormality called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Immediate treatment includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation. This treatment must be provided immediately to be effective, preferably within three to five minutes. Even the fastest emergency medical services may not be able to reach a victim this quickly. That is why prompt action by bystanders is so critical and why it is so important that more laypersons learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
I know CPR. Isn’t it enough?
The only definitive treatment for SCA is a defibrillation shock. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) works to pump oxygenated blood through the body and minimise brain damage for a short period of time, but it does not reverse SCA. When CPR is performed without defibrillation, it has minimal impact on SCA survival rates.
What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
Automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device which automatically analyses heart rhythm and advises the operator to deliver a shock if a fatal arrhythmia is detected. AEDs are completely safe to use by non-medical people with minimal training.
What is CardiAid?
CardiAid Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an easy-to-use device, specially designed for public access use, to provide life-saving electroshock treatment for a patient having SCA within the critical first minutes, until the professional care is available.
Beside its successful detection and treatment algorithm, CardiAid AED is perfect for public access use, because it provides comprehensive assistance to the user. The unit available by LifeStation is fully automated which means the user need not touch any button to provide the shock. The machine’s algorithm assesses and treats automatically once the lid is opened.
Can a person without a medical education make a mistake when using CardiAid?
CardiAid was designed to be used by any person regardless of medical education. It directs the user with clear verbal and visual instructions and does not give shock unless it is needed. Because the user does not take the initiative, it is not possible for him/her to make a mistake.
Why should I choose the CardiAid product?
CardiAid Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has the following distinguishing features:
CardiAid is designed to provide the highest level of safety for the patient and the user. CardiAid performs self-check daily, monthly and when the cover of the device is opened. This function enables CardiAid to be in-use without a problem whenever needed. CardiAid also is equipped with features warranting both the patient’s and the user’s safety. CardiAid analyses the heart rhythm of the patient with the most accurate technique and it is impossible to give shock if shock is not required.
CardiAid directs the user with clear verbal and visual instructions from the beginning to the end of the whole process, including instructions reminding the user to call the emergency number and assisting the user through the reanimation process. With these clear instructions, CardiAid assures that the user follows all the necessary steps which are critical for the patient.
CardiAid has a clear and simple design which is critical for the user in a moment of emergency. CardiAid is designed to assist the user with both pictures, flashing lights of different colours and sound at the same time, thus maximizing the performance. The pictures are simple and explanatory, the flashing lights are designed to emphasize the pictures and buttons, with white flashing light showing the stage of the process and red flashing light only indicating the shock button. The status indicator lights burn with universal colours: green and red, showing if there is any problem with the device, or not.
Why choose LifeStation as a distributor?
LifeStation gives its customers a comprehensive after-sale support with experienced technical experts and customer representatives. Every product is registered and recorded to the database, and followed by LifeStation during the whole life of the product.
What accessories are available?
CardiAid was designed taking into consideration all the possible scenarios the user may face. CardiAid is stored in its protection bag which was specially designed for CardiAid. The protection bag has a lens to enable the status indicator lights to be seen without opening the bag. CardiAid has a special wall mount which enables the CardiAid to be stored in a fix and easily visible place. This provides the user very valuable time in case of an emergency. CardiAid is sold with an emergecy bag including a razor for removing excessive body hair, scissors for cutting the cloth, a respiratory mask and gloves for providing hygiene. This emergency bag is stored on the inside cover of CardiAid where it can be seen easily.
Does CardiAid store data about the patient?
CardiAid saves the following data at every use: Date and time of use, Patient’s ECG, the number and time of shocks delivered.
How can the data recorded in CardiAid be read?
Recorded data can be read by authorised service providers of LifeStation. You should immediately contact the nearest authorised service provider immediately after use.