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How do I use a defibrillator?
Basically, everyone can use the defibrillator – even children. All defibrillators are designed so that they cannot be operated incorrectly. Once you have pressed the power button or opened the lid (depending on the model), the defibrillator tells you exactly what to do. The defibrillator thus guides you through cardiac massage and tells you when to give artificial respiration. It also tells you when and how to place the electrodes, after which it performs a heart analysis itself to determine whether an electric shock should be delivered. If the defibrillator assesses that the patient should not be shocked, it will tell you to continue giving CPR. The defibrillator is therefore a highly intelligent and knowledgeable helper in an emergency - and you can't do anything wrong as long as you do something.
Survival using defibrillators
Each year, approx. 3,500 Danes of cardiac arrest outside the country's hospitals. It is approx. 10 the day. Of these, only 1 survives. For every minute after a cardiac arrest in which life-saving first aid is not administered, the chance of survival is reduced by 10%. Studies have shown that the chance of survival increases significantly when cardiopulmonary resuscitation is performed in combination with a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of the cardiac arrest.
Defibrillators (also called an Automatic External Defibrillator or AED) can and must be used by everyone. However, the Danish Health Authority recommends that you take a first aid course that includes the use of defibrillators if you have access to an AED. At First-8, we offer a defibrillator course as something new. The course takes 60 minutes and contains a thorough introduction to defibrillators, where the focus is on theory and how a defibrillator is used. You can read more about the course under our course description.
There are many defibrillators on the market in Denmark and at very different prices. Fortunately, they all have something in common: They are CE-approved for use in Denmark, and they meet the requirements set by the Danish Health and Medicines Agency for defibrillators in Denmark.
It is often a good idea to choose a dealer who sells more than just a single defibrillator. In this way, you ensure that the dealer is not "colored" by wanting to sell you a certain model. When you have to choose a defibrillator, it is important that you get a model that suits your needs and wishes.
You may benefit from thinking about questions like these before choosing a defibrillator:
Should it turn on itself when I open the lid?
Can I do a self-test?
How much do electrodes cost and how long do they last before they need to be replaced?
How much does the battery cost and how long will it last before it needs to be replaced?
How much does it cost on average per years to own this model?
Can it speak multiple languages?
How easy is the defibrillator to use?
Can children's pads be stored in the defibrillator itself?
Does it require an additional service inspection and what is the cost of a service agreement?
How much does a defibrillator cost?
When you buy an AED, we always recommend that you get the defibrillator registered with Trygfonden at www.hjertestarter.dk - it could save lives. In addition, you can apply for a free AED from Trygfonden via this link: https://www.trygfonden.dk/soeg-stoette/hjertestarter-donation/ansog-om-hjertestarter
Once you have registered your AED with Trygfonden, you and others can find it on the Hjertestart app for iPhone and Android.
What is a defibrillator?
What is a defibrillator?
Defibrillators are battery-powered, transportable machines which, in the event of cardiac arrest, can deliver electric shocks that can make the heart pump again. Defibrillators are also called AEDs, which stands for Automatic External Defibrillator. It is important to point out that an AED cannot restart a heart that has completely stopped beating. In cardiac arrest, the heart will fibrillate (fibrillate) in most cases, and during these fibrillations, the defibrillator will shock (defibrillate) to stop the fibrillation and bring the heart's rhythm back on course.
In March 2003, the Danish Health Authority gave their approval for a first aider to use an AED. Since then, we have helped triple the chance of survival after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This is due to both good first aid and the spread of defibrillators. Thus, 12% today survive a cardiac arrest, while in 2001 the figure was less than 4%.
Who can use a defibrillator?
Defibrillators in Denmark can and must be used by everyone. The Danish Health Authority recommends that you take a first aid course that includes the use of a defibrillator if you have access to a defibrillator. With us, we offer a defibrillator course, where the course only takes 60 minutes and contains a thorough introduction to defibrillators, where the focus is on theory and how to use a defibrillator. You can read more about the course under our course description on the front page
All people can use a defibrillator. It's easy, and when you've pressed the start button – or opened the lid – the defibrillator tells you exactly what to do.
The defibrillator tells you what to do
The defibrillator tells you when to give artificial respiration and cardiac massage, and when you have put the electrodes on correctly, the defibrillator itself performs a heart analysis that determines whether an electric shock should be given. If the heart analysis determines that a shock should be delivered, it will ask you to press a button, after which it will deliver a shock. If the cardiac analysis determines that no shock is required, it tells you to continue with the CPR. The AED handles all of this automatically, and you can therefore do nothing wrong – as long as you do something. The most important thing, however, is that you always call the emergency center at 1-1-2 if you are standing with someone who is unconscious and not breathing regularly. When you call 1-1-2, remember to state "Where, what and who" in this order. By using this order, you ensure that the ambulance knows where you are if the connection goes down.
Which defibrillator should I choose?
If you or your company is going to buy an AED, you might want to take a look at the list below. All defibrillators we have on the webshop are approved according to the recommendations of the Danish Health Authority:
Zoll AED Plus
We offer some of best prices on defibrillators! The price of our defibrillators ranges depending on size, functions and extra accessories. We have bought a wide selection from some of the largest European distributors, so we can guarantee you a good price. In addition, we would like to help ensure that as many people as possible can afford a defibrillator. The price must not stand in the way of a greater chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Try our defibrillator guide
Should your defibrillator hang outside?
And should it be able to revive children?
What are the annual costs? And do I have to sign a service agreement?
When choosing a defibrillator, it is important to look at the annual operating costs.
How much does a new battery and electrodes cost and when do they need to be replaced? It can be an expensive pleasure to choose one of the cheaper models.
I marts 2003 gav Sundhedsstyrelsen deres godkendelse til, at en førstehjælper må anvende en AED. Siden da har vi været med til at tredoble chancen for overlevelse efter et hjertestop uden for hospital.
Before you buy a defibrillator
Every day many people suffer from cardiac arrest. Half of all cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital. It has been shown that the more defibrillators we have placed around – whether they are publicly available or whether they are defibrillators in the home – the more people survive cardiac arrest. Because when a person collapses with cardiac arrest, a battle against the clock starts – for every second that goes by without first aid, the chances of survival decrease.
This is precisely why it is a good idea to acquire a defibrillator, so that you, your colleagues, family, friends and fellow citizens always have a defibrillator nearby in the event of cardiac arrest.
A defibrillator is easy to operate, relatively cheap to acquire, and thus constitutes a life-saving element during first aid.
Briefly described, the defibrillator's main purpose is to save lives. The defibrillator, also called Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), is a vital tool in situations where people collapse with cardiac arrest outside hospital.
Every day, approximately 10 Danes suffer cardiac arrest outside the country's hospitals. It can be at the family party, at home in the garden, on the shopping trip or at work. Of these, only 1 survives. If there is a defibrillator nearby, it can increase the chance of survival, as quick help is essential.
The defibrillator is an important aid in life-saving first aid until the ambulance arrives. It provides instruction as well as diagnosis of the heart and delivers a vital electric shock in case of cardiac arrest. This shock is intended to get the heart beating normally again. But it requires that help with both cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillators be initiated as soon as possible. Every minute counts – because when a person collapses with cardiac arrest, the heart stops pumping blood around the body. This means that the body's organs do not get oxygen and begin to suffer damage. It is therefore essential to be able to step in and help the person in distress in the minutes leading up to the arrival of the ambulance. And the most effective treatment is the combination of early CPR and shock with a defibrillator. If this treatment is used within the first 3-5 minutes, the possibility of survival increases by 60-75%.
For every minute that passes without first aid, the chance of survival is reduced by 7-10 percent. If 10 minutes pass before help arrives, only a few survive.
If you want more in-depth information about defibrillators, you are very welcome to contact us with your questions
When we talk to customers who are considering investing in a defibrillator, we often find that they have thoroughly familiarized themselves with what a defibrillator is and can do. On the other hand, it is a common concern whether they are able to use the defibrillator if necessary. It is usually about the fear of doing something wrong with the result that you cause even greater damage to the injured party. The questions that arise may be the following:
Do I remember what to do when the situation arises?
Can you hit wrong?
How do I know if the person needs a shock?
Can the defibrillator shock someone who doesn't need it?
You can do no wrong
However, it is important to establish that you cannot do anything wrong when using a defibrillator. And most importantly; you can't do any more damage to that person. The worst that can happen is that you make no attempt at all to help in the minutes leading up to the arrival of the ambulance.
Everyone can use a defibrillator – including you
As a starting point, everyone can operate a defibrillator – both adults and children.
All the defibrillators that we sell in our webshop voice guide the first aider through the entire procedure. This means that you don't have to fear not knowing what to do if you get into a situation where you need to step in with a defibrillator.
Most defibrillators already start guiding you as soon as you open the lid. On some defibrillators, you just need to press an on button. First of all, the voice will tell you how to place the electrodes, after which it will perform an analysis of the heart itself. Based on the heart analysis, the defibrillator decides whether an electric shock should be delivered. If it judges that a shock should be delivered, it will deliver the shock on its own while telling you how to react. You will be continuously instructed in when to give cardiac massage and artificial respiration.
If the defibrillator judges that a shock is not beneficial, you will be asked to continue CPR and artificial respiration until the ambulance arrives. This means that the cardiac arrest can never occur if the person is not in cardiac arrest. You can therefore do nothing wrong when using the defibrillator.
First-8 recommends that when purchasing a defibrillator, you also purchase a course in training in the use of the defibrillator.
In order to feel completely safe with your defibrillator, the Danish Health Authority recommends that you take a course where you learn how to handle the vital tool. Therefore, our customers often choose to purchase such a course at the same time as acquiring a defibrillator. On our defibrillator course, we ensure that you are equipped to act in a situation where you have to use the defibrillator. In 45 minutes, we take you through theory and practice – from alarming, using defibrillators to ongoing maintenance.
If you or your company, housing association, landowner association, etc. are faced with having to acquire a defibrillator, it is understandable that it can feel overwhelming to decide which defibrillator best suits your needs. There are many different types of defibrillators on the market. In our webshop alone, we sell 15 different models. Common to the models we sell is that they meet the recommendations of the Danish Health Authority. This means, among other things, that you are guaranteed a defibrillator that guides the first aider through the entire procedure in Danish.
The models below meet the guidelines in 2021
Zoll AED plus
Schiller – Fred Easyport Schiller Pocket AED
Defibrillators for different needs
Your choice of defibrillator should depend on your needs. As a starting point, all defibrillators can do the same; they can save lives. But some models are better suited for construction sites, because here it is important to have a resistant defibrillator that can work in wet areas, can be used on metal surfaces and can withstand dust and rain. While other models will work better in a daycare or for private use where there are children and adults of all ages.
Contact us and get guidance before you buy your new defibrillator.
First-8 guides you safely through to the right choice
At First-8, we make a point of guiding you as a customer, so that you feel safe throughout - from choosing a defibrillator to setting up and maintenance.
5 IMPORTANT questions about defibrillators
1. How often should the electrodes be changed?
A set of electrodes is always included when you buy a defibrillator. These electrodes are wrapped in an airtight package, which ensures that the gel on the electrodes does not dry out.
It is important that the gel does not dry out, as it is what ensures that the electrodes can stick to the patient's chest. Therefore, the packaging must not be broken unless the defibrillator is to be used.
In the following situations, you must remember to purchase new electrodes:
The packaging for the electrodes has been broken.
The defibrillator has been in use.
The shelf life of the electrodes has expired.
First of all, new electrodes must be purchased if the defibrillator has been in use. If you have entered into a service agreement with your defibrillator, First-8 will ensure that you receive new electrodes free of charge.
In addition, the electrodes must be changed approx. every 2 years. There is an expiration date on your electrodes, because they will eventually dry out. It is therefore important to note the shelf life so that you can order new homes in good time before expiry. You will find the expiry date printed on the packaging.
If you have a service agreement with us, we make sure to automatically remind you when they are about to expire - and send new ones to you free of charge. That way, you don't have to worry about your defibrillator, as we keep track of it for you.
2. What is the durability of the defibrillator battery?
All defibrillators are battery powered. This means that they are not dependent on power supply via a cable, which is why they can be carried anywhere where there is a need to save lives.
Often the battery is a lithium battery, which is the type of battery that holds the energy the best. Depending on the type of defibrillator, the shelf life is 2-7 years - there is therefore a big difference in the durability of the batteries in the different defibrillators, which is why this is an important consideration to have when buying a defibrillator.
It may also be a good idea to replace the batteries after use in cardiac arrest - always consult with us if it has been in use, as it depends on the type and battery.
It is important that you note the expiry date on the battery so that you can ensure that you order a new home in time. If you sign a service agreement with us, you can sleep safely at night, knowing that we will make sure to remind you when the battery is about to expire - and send you a new one at no charge.
When the batteries are low, the defibrillator will flash and emit an alarm sound. However, the defibrillator can be used even if the defibrillator alerts for a battery change - but always make sure to change the battery well in advance of the printed expiry date
3. Where should my defibrillator be placed?
At First-8, we are passionate about creating a safe Denmark - that is why we teach first aid and advise on the purchase of defibrillators. Because the statistics speak for themselves; every year around 4,000 people in Denmark have a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. The majority of all cardiac arrests occur when we are off. In order to save more of these people, there must be easy and quick access to a defibrillator. Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 defibrillators are locked inside. This concerns, among other things, about defibrillators at workplaces, institutions or in supermarkets, where it is not possible to get hold of the locked defibrillator outside opening hours. In line with the Danish Health Authority, we therefore recommend leaving your defibrillator accessible 24 hours a day by hanging it outside.
Here's how you do it:
Hang the defibrillator outside so it can save lives around the clock.
By hanging your defibrillator outside, everyone in the immediate area can benefit from the defibrillator, no matter what time of the day it becomes necessary.
Protect your defibrillator in a warming cabinet - without a lock
When your defibrillator hangs outside, it must be stored in a defibrillator cabinet with heat so that it is protected from weather and wind. We sell different types of heating cabinets in different price ranges. The choice of heating cabinet depends on how exposed your defibrillator hangs. If, for example, the defibrillator hangs on a harbor and is very exposed, a metal cabinet would be preferable, while a cheaper plastic cabinet would be sufficient if it hangs in shelter and is thus less exposed. Always ask us for advice so that we can help you choose the right cabinet.
Register your heart rate monitor at hjertestarter.dk
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is that you register your defibrillator. When it is registered, it becomes visible to ordinary citizens and the healthcare workers on 1-1-2. In this way, the first aider can be guided to the nearest defibrillator, so that more people can survive a cardiac arrest - see the list of all registered defibrillators.
It only takes 10 minutes to register a defibrillator – i.e. that in just 10 min. can you make sure to create a safer Denmark, because the defibrillator can now help everyone who is nearby.
4. Should I get a service agreement for my defibrillator?
Most of our customers choose to purchase a service agreement for their defibrillator. A service agreement means that all you have to do is look at your defibrillator once in a while to check that it still hangs where it should and that no one has damaged it. We take care of the rest, so your defibrillator works 24 hours a day.
Advantages of a service agreement:
No worries: we make sure your defibrillator is always fully functional with a charged battery and fresh electrodes.
Always with a charged battery: when your defibrillator's battery is about to expire, we notify you so we can send you a new one.
Always fresh electrodes: we also make sure to keep an eye on the durability of your electrodes, and send you new ones in good time before they expire.
If your defibrillator has been in use: we will send you the accessories needed to make the defibrillator ready again.
No unforeseen expenses – only a fixed annual amount on your service agreement.
Safety & security: whether the defibrillator is in private or commercial use, there is usually someone who is responsible for the defibrillator. It can be a heavy burden to bear. In addition, confusion can quickly arise as to when the electrodes must be changed or when the battery was last changed. And what if those in charge fall ill, move or quit the company - who is then in control of the defibrillator? With a service agreement, you are guaranteed continuous maintenance of your defibrillator.
A service agreement is your assurance that your defibrillator is always ready to save lives. Call or write to us and we will be happy to give you an offer for both defibrillator, warming cabinet, defibrillator course and service agreement for one and the same price.
5. Should I purchase an additional defibrillator course?
It is with good reason that the Danish Health Authority recommends that everyone with access to a defibrillator take an AED course. Evidence has been found that it is the combination of the spread of defibrillators in public spaces and knowledge of the use of these defibrillators that causes more Danes to step in if a person collapses with cardiac arrest.
The more of us who dare and can step in in an accident situation, the more will survive having a cardiac arrest outside the hospital.
Like the Danish Health Authority, we also always recommend a defibrillator course. Many of our customers choose to accept this, as it makes the safety of the defibrillator even greater, that you feel safe in using it.
As a starting point, we believe that you can operate a defibrillator without a course, as you absolutely cannot do damage with the defibrillator, and at the same time you are guided through the entire process. But it is often the fear of doing something wrong that paralyzes us and prevents us from providing first aid. We find that our courses help to eliminate this fear in the course participants. At the same time, the courses give the students the opportunity to get answers to the concerns they are dealing with.
Get ready to save lives with an AED in ONLY 60 minutes
Our defibrillator course only takes 45 minutes. During that time, we make sure that you get a thorough introduction to your defibrillator. You will learn all the practical aspects of maintenance – from how to change the battery to how to check the durability of the electrodes. There will also be a focus on theory, as well as concrete exercises in how to use the defibrillator.
Book an introduction to your defibrillator NOW
Our AED course focuses exclusively on making you safe and secure in the use of a defibrillator. This means that we do not go through theory and practical exercises in general first aid, such as CPR and artificial respiration. If you are interested in such a course, we can combine it with the defibrillator course. We can recommend combining with our intro course of 1 hour.