An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is designed to analyse the hearth rhythm and deliver shocks if necessary to restore a normal heartbeat – when someone is in cardiac arrest.
Are techniques different when delivering CPR to a woman?
The need and basic techniques for CPR if a person is in cardiac arrest is no different between men and women – but there are some additional considerations.
Efficient CPR techniques rely on proper hand placement and compression depth. However, the traditional use of flat-chested training manikins doesn't address the diversity of human body types.
When performing CPR on a person with breasts – it can make positioning your hands correctly more challenging. It is essential you position hands correctly when delivering compressions. Hands should be placed on the lower half of the sternum. Being mindful of breast tissue and adjusting hands is important to deliver proper chest compressions. This must always be discussed in first aid training.
Inclusivity in CPR training is not just a matter of technique but a crucial step towards saving more lives.