Cardiac arrest often caused by ischemic heart disease or electrical shock is one of the major reason for the death of seafarers. When a cardiac arrest occurs the patient has only minutes to be revived before death occurs.
To assist people survive a cardiac arrest a defibrillor is required that administers an electrical shock to the chest area, which can re-start the heart or send it into a normal rythm. The module explains how and when to use a Lifeforce external automated defibrillator. The device is portable and semi- automatic, informing the carer if defibrillation is required or not. If so, the carer presses a button to administer the shock.
Martek makes the device that was the first type approved automated external defibrillator (AED) for marine use called the ‘Lifeforce marine AED’
The main learning outcomes of this title are that the learner: