Besides using the AED, how else might the rescuers help at the scene of a sudden cardiac arrest?
Rescuers are most often asked to call 9-1-1. Rescuers can assemble the pocket face mask and begin providing mouth-to-mask ventilations. Responders might provide CPR or continue defibrillation if a workplace defibrillator is used. Support and direction to bystanders, friends, and family are appropriate. When EMS personnel arrive, rescuers can provide directions and help get information about the patient.
What actions should a CPR responder take after using the AED on a person in cardiac arrest?
There should be some type of debriefing for EMS personnel rescuers involved in a resuscitation attempt. Also, the voice-rhythm-shock record should be collected from the AED's event documentation system. The American Heart Assoication strongly recommends that AEDs used in a public access or home-responder setting have both rhythm and voice event documentation. AEDs can record and store (as a minimum) the following information:
- Patient rhythm throughout the resuscitation.
- Response of the AED (shock versus no shock; shockable rhythm versus nonshockable rhythm).
- Event and interval timing.
- Audio recording of the voices and actions recorded at the scene of a cardiac arrest.