Once you have familiarised yourself with the purpose of a defibrillator, and picked the type that suits your needs, it is time to get informed about some myths that circulate around the usage of this device. Most people are not aware that defibrillators are actually really easy to use, and there remains many uncertainties about this device. This could be extremely dangerous because if you experience a situation where someone experiences a cardiac arrest, you actually have the potential of saving their life simply by equipping yourself with knowledge of using a defibrillator.

Therefore, this article will debunk some of the most common defibrillator myths that arise when learning about this topic.

Myth #1: Defibrillators are difficult to navigate

Did you know that you do not need prior medical training to start using a defibrillator? They can be used by anyone as the device is voice-controlled, and takes you through a step-by-step process on how to use it. While defibrillators are used in parallel with CPR to save a person’s life, and therefore knowledge of CPR is ideal, the device itself can be navigated very easily.

Myth #2: Using a defibrillator can restart the heart

Unfortunately, this is definitely untrue. Resuscitating someone from a failed heart is pretty much impossible. If you come across a person suffering from a cardiac arrest, please act quickly by conducting a CPR and using a defibrillator on them, or finding someone immediately that is able to do so. 

Myth #3: Defibrillators can be operated through clothing or any kind of layers

For those of you who are just learning about how to use a defibrillator, please remember this very important point! The device will not work through any clothing, and coverage of hair. The electrical pads need to be placed on bare skin so that the patient gets the full amount of the shock. This is what saves lives!

Myth #4: Defibrillators do not need to be used if paramedics are on their way

The process of carrying out CPR and using a defibrillator need to be undertaken in the first few minutes that a person experiences a cardiac arrest. It does not matter if the paramedics are on their way as they would most likely take far longer to reach the situation of emergency, and the faster it is used, the higher the chance is of the person’s survival.

Myth #5: Defibrillators are expensive and difficult to find

This is definitely not the case! Defibrillators can be found on most online retailer platforms or medical shops. In fact, it is encouraged to own a defibrillator if you are someone with an elderly or sick person in the home, or someone who lives in a community where it is harder to get to a hospital. The price of a defibrillator can range between 300 to 2,000.

Now that you are properly informed about some useful knowledge of defibrillator use, hopefully you feel more confident about using the device and will share this information with those around you!

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