Automatic or semi-automatic defibrillator: Which one should I choose?

Having a cardioprotected space means having a defibrillator operating, and that it is ready to use in an emergency. However, one of the most common doubts our clients have is: what type of defibrillator do I choose?

There are two types of defibrillators: automatic defibrillators and semi-automatic defibrillators. Normally, in Spain most of the installations in cardioprotected spaces are semi-automatic defibrillators.

However, and to avoid confusion between automatic or semi-automatic defibrillators, you should know that both are called Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), according to the Spanish Council for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Before deciding on one or the other, you should know how they differ and what is the sequence of operation of each. We will tell you.

Differences between an automated defibrillator and a semiautomatic one

As we have mentioned, in our country, semi-automatic defibrillators are mainly installed. This is due to the ease of the shock process, as these models operate faster, which is seen as a key difference when compared to automated defibrillators. With this, what is sought is the total success of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in an effective time that allows saving the life of the victim.

The automatic defibrillator has the following advantages:

  • It has a high operating speed, thus saving time and increasing the likelihood that the victim will regain consciousness.
  • The same device can easily detect the heart rate.
  • Adhesive electrodes are used, which are in charge of delivering the shock through remote defibrillation.
  • Heart rate can be monitored.
  • If necessary, automatic defibrillation will be performed safely.

Semi-automatic defibrillators, for their part, have the following advantages:

  • They are extremely easy to handle. Thus, in an emergency, anyone can use it.
  • Cardiorespiratory arrests can be attended to while emergency services are on their way.
  • It has the ability to save lives easily.
  • The courses are conducted by professionals and can be learned quickly.

As you can see, both fulfill their function of resuscitation. Even so, some equipment shows greater difficulties of use compared to others, it is easier for people to use the semi-automatic models installed in public and corporate spaces.

Cardioprotected space with defibrillator

To know what type of defibrillator is the most indicated to achieve your cardioprotected space, you must take into account several characteristics that will be those that will define what type of equipment you need:

  • Companies, public organizations, schools, sports centers and other places far from the city where it is difficult for an ambulance to arrive in at least 10 minutes, they must have a light defibrillator, easy to use and with excellent guarantees for people who are not used to it. to use them.
  • Those who have training to use a defibrillator, such as emergency forces, maritime rescue, police stations and civil protection must have a resistant and small AED.
  • In the case of hospitals and ambulances, the defibrillator should be chosen based on the approximate number of saves.

If you have any questions about which type of AED best suits your needs, ask us without obligation. Remember that it is essential to include a defibrillator in the prevention plan to have a cardioprotected space.

In addition, at Neosalus we help in training in the use of the AED to become familiar with the equipment and guarantee the proper functioning of the device when treating cardiac arrest.

equipment and ensure the proper functioning of the device when attending to a cardiac arrest.