Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)
The Kirksville Fire Department is proud to report an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is equipped on our apparatus! All of our Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) are trained to use this machine and they are compatible with the equipment used by the ambulance district.
Most adults who can be saved from cardiac arrest are in ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Electrical defibrillation provides the single most important therapy for the treatment of these patients. Resuscitation science therefore places great emphasis on early defibrillation. The greatest chances of survival result when the interval between the start of VF and the delivery of defibrillation is as brief as possible.
Ventricular fibrillation is a condition in which disordered electrical activity causes the ventricles to contract in a rapid, unsynchronized, uncoordinated fashion. When this occurs, little or no blood is pumped from the heart.
Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device helps reestablish normal contraction rhythms in a heart that is not functioning properly. The device does this by delivering an electric shock to the heart.