…..death. A person that has suffered a heart attack, for example, is vulnerable to developing VF. So the priority is to stop VF, and this is where we can all play our part. Starting CPR will keep oxygenated blood moving around the body. The use of a defibrillator can correct the wrong message the heart muscles are receiving (to quiver) and start it pumping again. A defibrillator is the only treatment for VF. CPR buys time by keeping the body oxygenated blood flowing, the defibrillator corrects the electrical problem.
The difference between a normal heartbeat and ventricular fibrillation show repeated regularity with a normal rhythm and the uncoordinated quiver of VF.
The American Heart Association have developed a great animation showing the differences outlined above, click the image below to view.
Ventricular Fibrillation can be corrected, tomorrow we go through the steps that really do save lives…….
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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