Long gone are the days of strutting in to defibrillate a patient during a cardiac arrest with a set ofÂ paddles dripping with conductive gel, waving about importantly before you.
These days we use specialized adhesive defibrillation pads that you just stick onto the patients chest. They are much safer, more effective, and decrease the chances the staff getting accidental shocks. Yup, the pads are here to stay.
Call me old fashioned if you will, but it’s not the same. We still shout “stand clear!“…..but then we all just stand around whilst someone pushes this small orange button. It’s a little anti-climactic.
In an effort to try and stop the staff feeling so glum during arrests, I decided to make a few modifications to our Zoll Defibrillator.
Now we still use pads, but the pitiful orange button has been replaced by a giant Mad Scientist type knife switch. When you yell “stand clear!” with this baby, you are going to get some respect.
“I amÂ about… to throw… the switch!”
It also has a wireless link to the rooms lighting panel and momentarily dims and flickers the lights for effect.
Now this is a defibrillator.