Conclusion

Being a healthcare professional carries many responsibilities and the maintenance of competence in performing BLS and use of an AED can be regarded as one realistic expectation. Early defibrillation has been established as a major component of the Chain of Survival which, when administered promptly and safely, can have a positive and significant impact on patient outcomes. With newer devices being developed that are easy to use and safer, the scope for improving survival rates from cardiac arrest will increase. However, the challenge for all healthcare professionals is to keep updated and have the opportunity to practise regularly in order to be able to recognise and respond to a cardiac arrest call effectively.

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