With the rapidly
increasing deployment of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)
into society, the role of emergency oxygens use in the peri-defibrillation
period needs to be emphasized. While it is clear that in acute ventricular
fibrillation the ideal immediate life-saving treatment is rapid defibrillation,
it is likely that the AED will have to be retrieved from a location
other than that of the victim. During the delay, effective CPR gives
the victim the best chance when the AED arrives. The use of emergency
oxygen coupled to the rescue breathing barrier mask greatly enhances
the oxygen level to the victim, thus the effectiveness of CPR.
In the event
that the defibrillation attempt is successful, providing the reviving
victim supplemental oxygen is the single most important first aid contribution
to preventing re-fibrillation. It should be maintained until the next
level of care is rendered (typically EMS).
Medical Applications Corp. developed the TXO2® AUTOMATED First
Aid Oxygen unit,
the only automatic emergency oxygen unit available. Its patented design
provides the user a functioning oxygen unit, ready to apply to the
victim with just the pull of a handle. The unit automatically turns
the mask (Ambu
® Res-Cue™Mask) and mask-line deploy automatically.
There are no adjustments. It is the fastest and least mistake prone
unit in existence. The synergy ("A2") with AEDs
should be obvious.