SmokChsrWho let the magic smoke out?Premium
Saint Augustine, FL
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Re: CPR pays PR dividends
said by Crookshanks:Umm.. I think there may be a difference in terminology, otherwise perhaps you need to go back to first aid training.
Who told you that? An AED will fire in cases of tachycardia and fibrillation. That's the whole point of an AED. If you learned otherwise you should fire the person doing first aid training for your company.
An AED should not shock (or be requested to shock) if a pulse is present. Most people refer to a heart beat as when you can feel a pulse. Pulse less Vtach and VFib are not really considered heartbeats. If you listen to either of those rhythms with a stethoscope you will not hear a thump thump, nor will you feel a pulse.
Now since electrically VTach (with a pulse) and Pulse-less VTach will look the same to the AED, you can possibly shock a Vtach patient, even though you are not supposed to. The AED will tell you to "Check for Pulse" if you feel one and follow instructions, it will not shock. You would have to tell the AED there was no pulse before it will shock.
Some AED's do have a medical override which no one below a Paramedic should even think about using.
PS, Florida Paramedic.