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Frank Wenzlow explains how to handle AED

Fr. Vilsen – "Most people are afraid of using the defibrillator because they are completely stunned by the way they are shown on television," said Frank Wenzlow of Ambulance Service North (ASN) Engeln during a Wednesday night talk on "Defibrillating Deal" in higher office of Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Awo) in Bruchhausen-Vilsen, organized by Arbeitskreis Sozialversorgung.

TV error

Scenic and spooky, he reminded participants of well-known situations that everyone in medical TV shows know: "The patient is lying in bed, beside him a large monitor showing the line of his regular heart rate, then suddenly heard a deafening beep and a flat zero line, the elderly physician quickly calls the nurse and tells him to rub the oars together, then everybody has to move away from the enormous flow of electricity through the patient's body, as a miracle, the black line turns into a sinusoid, and the patient opens their eyes in a moment. "Basically, This is a total nonsense, Wenzlow said. Since the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is only used when a person has a heart attack or fever, which is often caused by an infarct. "The device resets, so the heart is set to zero," Wenzlow said. After that, the helper must continue with a heart and lung massage.

When will the device be used?

Although the AED device is known to all guests, each one saw it once in city halls, schools or gymnasiums, but when it should be used, everyone seemed insecure. "For example, if someone is lying unconscious on the floor, if you do not know what's going on with that person, or maybe they're dead," the speaker said, adding: "The device then detects the problem and tells you exactly what to do. it does not have to worry about it. "Indeed, the defibrillator gave special instructions when visitors were supposed to try it with two dolls, including phrases such as" putting the electrodes in place "," Heart rate will be upgraded. "Or" Do not touch the patient ". "You do not have to be afraid, for example, if the electrodes are incorrectly glued, there will not be overvoltages, so you can not make a mistake," Wenzlow said, "heart and lung massage support can give the AED clock," also recognizes whether the patient is an adult or child As a result, the practitioner points out that the small electrodes put the child and automatically "shocks" with less force. "He understands, even if someone has a pejsmejker, then he does not work against his rhythm," the speaker said.

Frank Wenzlow from ASN explained to the group how the AED device works.

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Still, I can not all be saved, Wenzlow said. "There is a heart failure, and the infarction destroys the center of control of the heart." Then the device can not do anything else, she explained. In principle, everyone must help, unless one can see that the patient is in a clear state of decomposition or that the head is separate from the body, he emphasized to Wenzlow participants.

Increase your chances of survival

The AED device acts on the participants, though very small, but the size can not be deduced in the performance. Wenzlow is sure: "Defibrillator increases the chance of survival in the first seven minutes after the stroke at 70 to 100 percent. In a simple heart-lung massage without AED, this has only 10% survival chance." And the easy way for each adult person and every child can save human life.


When using AED device and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the following must be considered:

The patient's chest must be freely available and the hair must be removed.

It has to be seen if the patient is still breathing

, CPR: Put your hands in the breast of the patient, then pump them about five inches 30 times. In this way, it can be oriented to the rhythm of the song, Stayin & # 39; Alive & # 39; Bee Geesa. Thereafter, the mouth is re-enacted twice.

Next Event:

A free lecture on "Dealing With Death" with Patrice von Bodecker from Hospiz Sulingen will be held on Wednesday at 6 pm in the Awo (Am Marktplatz 6) office in Bruchhausen-Vilsen. Applications are required on phone 04252/9113034.