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When a crisis comes, only adequate preparations can help us avert the danger. Based on the belief and responsibility of caring for every user safely, TIAC called on all employees and 8 companies to generously donate 51 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to the service areas of Taoyuan International Airport so the golden hour for rescue of 5 minutes can be timely grasped.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

The chain of survival includes early assistance, early cardiopulmonary resuscitation, early defibrillation shock and early advanced medical care, of which the first three are now classified as Basic Life Support. In most patients who experience sudden cardiac arrest (≧8 years old), the initial sign of heart arrhythmias is ventricular fibrillation (VF), therefore the ideal goal is to perform defibrillation/shock as soon as possible within 5 minutes.

Step by step instructions for using the AED
Power on the AED.
Attach electrode pads.
Analyze the rhythm.
Clear the victim and press the shock button.
Location for attaching the electrode pads

The right electrode pad should be attached to the upper right chest under the collarbone, on the right side of the sternum.

The left electrode pad should be attached to the outer side of the left nipple, and the upper edge of the electrode pad should be about 7 cm below the left armpit.

Contraindications of AED:
  • Cannot be used on patients younger than 8 years old or patients weighing less than 25 kg.
  • Avoid contact with water. If the chest is wet, wipe it dry before using the AED.
  • If there is a drug patch on the chest or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) have been implanted, the electrode pads of the AED must be affixed at least 2.5 cm away from the above devices.
  • When analyzing the heart rhythm, do not shake the patient. If the AED is unable to analyze heart rhythm in a moving ambulance, the vehicle must come to a full stop before AED can be used.
Considerations for PAD settings:

Public Access Defibrillator (PAD): AEDs are set up in public places enabling the public timely access. This type of public-use AED is referred to as PAD.

  • PADs should be set up in communities where more than 1 out of every 1,000 residents experience cardiac arrest per year.
  • PADs should be set up at locations where emergency response personnel are unable to arrive within 5 minutes of activating the EMS service system.
  • PADs should be set up in communities where trained individuals can reach the site of emergency rescue within 5 minutes of the incident and has the ability to activate the EMS service system, perform CPR, and use the AED.
Classification of PAD first responders
Such as police, firefighters, guards, sports coaches, flight attendants, security personnel, yacht operators, etc., should actively receive training in AED operations.
Such as factory, corporate, and business personnel, etc. should as much as possible receive training in AED operations.
For example, family members or friends of persons with high risk of disease or disorder should receive training in AED operations as much as possible.