November 2005, Volume 35 Number 11 , p 50 - 52
CRAIG, KAREN RN, BS
Prepare to act quickly when a patient suddenly becomes unresponsive
WHEN SOMEONE needs resuscitation, an automated external defibrillator (AED) can help save his life. You can use this computerized device to recognize pulseless ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and follow its voice and visual prompts to respond.
The AED shown here uses multifunction electrodes (MFEs) to transmit the patient's cardiac rhythm to the machine for interpretation. The MFEs also deliver monophasic shocks, if indicated, at settings of 200, 200, and 360 joules or biphasic shocks at 120, 120, and 200 joules.
The AED device records audio data as an accessory form of documentation. (You can see the device being used for transcutaneous pacing in the October issue of Nursing2005 .) Follow the manufacturer's recommendations and facility protocol to charge the battery and maintain the device.
Helping an unresponsive patient
If your ...