We often get questions about our MIKEYs – who should use them, when they should be used, how they work, and more. Last week, we received a wonderful photo of a student checking a MIKEY defibrillator at the University of Waterloo, which made us think that we should share a list of things everyone should know about using a MIKEY AED.
Below is a list of questions and answers that we often get about our MIKEY defibrillators as well as some tools on how to properly check and test them.
MIKEY Tips and Tools
How Often Should I Check To Make Sure my Mikey Defibrillator is Working?
You should be checking to make sure that your MIKEY defibrillator is working at least once a month. This is essential to ensure that your MIKEY is in working order and is ready to save a life if the need should arise.
To check if it is, use our monthly check up manual available in the link below.
Who Can Use a MIKEY?
Anyone can use a MIKEY. Yes, even you. You don’t have to be a medical professional to use a MIKEY and save a life! Just follow along to the instructions. It’s safe and easy for anyone to use.
When should I use a MIKEY in an Emergency?
When someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in a public place, the most critical actions a bystander can take are to call 9-1-1, and deliver cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to provide blood flow to the heart and brain. One person can do this while another runs to look for a nearby MIKEY (AED). Once they return with an AED, you can start preparing to operate a charge.
Does an AED Always Deliver a Shock?
The MIKEY automatically assesses the situation and diagnoses if there are potentially life-threatening heart rhythms. If, and only if, the AED detects a problem that may respond positively to an electric shock, it permits a shock to be delivered to restore a normal heart rhythm.
What If I don’t Know the Steps to Use an AED?
The MIKEY gives simple audio instructions designed for ordinary people. You just open the case and follow the instructions that are delivered through voice prompts. Some MIKEYs automatically provide a shock and some require you to push a button. The MIKEY will tell you when and if you should push the button to deliver a shock.
Can I be Sued if Something Goes Wrong?
Did you know it’s impossible to be sued for using a MIKEY to help someone? Every province has legislation protecting bystanders from lawsuits when they are only trying their best to help someone in an emergency – even if something goes wrong.
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