Telefunken Defibrillator

DefiTeq is a Dutch company based in Eindhoven. DefiTeq specializes in developing medical devices focused on heart failure. Currently DefiTeq produces and sells two types of AEDs, namely a semi-automatic and fully automatic version. The production of the DefiTeq AEDs takes place in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. DefiTeq also produces an AED trainer.

Why an AED?

An AED is used on patients affected by sudden cardiac arrest. The term sudden cardiac arrest however is misleading. The heart is not standing still but beats in a too high rhythm, so high that the heart is not able to build enough pressure for pumping blood around the body. Today we therefore prefer to speak of circulation arrest than cardiac arrest. The faulty rhythm of the heart called fibrillation, can only be corrected by administering an electric shock, called defibrillation. CPR without AED will delay the moment of death until hopefully the arrival of the ambulance, but cannot heal the patient alone.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) automatically creates a rhythm analysis and will then decide on the basis of an extremely complex algorithm whether a shock is necessary or not. Throughout the process of CPR and defibrillation the AED will verbally guide the actions to be performed. Both assistance in giving chest compressions and mouth to mouth resuscitation are provided by the AED.

The DefiTeq AED has a semi-automatic version where the rescuer is asked to press the shock button when a shock is necessary. In addition a fully automatic version is available where no manual intervention is required for the administration of the shock.

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