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Marine Defibrillators

When it comes to keeping your crew safe, keeping a marine defibrillator onboard is. Invest in a Lifeforce® AED on your ship and ensure your crew’s safety is covered.

Defibrillator for Marine Environments

The welfare of your crew is your top priority and they want to know they are going to be taken care of in any eventuality. Being onboard a vessel means you don’t have access to hospitals and emergency medical treatment in the same way you would on land. That’s why you need special considerations in place to ensure life-saving treatment can reach your crew should they need it.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone, anytime, without any warning, and is the world’s biggest killer, claiming a life every 3 minutes and killing 3 million each year. This means it could easily happen to your crew on one of your vessels.

With our disruptive approach to maritime technology and our focus on ship safety, performance, and crew welfare we want to make sure your crew is backed by the best available technology there is in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

The only life-saving treatment for such an event, when onboard a vessel, is the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). If treatment with an AED is given within 3 minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest, the chances of survival jump from just 7% to 74%. Without an AED onboard your ship, the chances of survival reduce to 0 %.

Defibrillator FAQ’s

Below are our customers’ most common questions about defibrillators. If you need to know more, please contact our friendly team.

Can you use an AED on a ship?

Those in the maritime industry have been reluctant to bring AED’s onboard even with their life-saving potential as they are concerned about the risk of electricity from an AED in a wet environment and on metal hulled boats, posing a threat to those who may be nearby when it’s being used.

However, current research suggests they are safe to use in both of these environments. AED’s are self-grounded and so pose no risk to the rescuer, patient, or those in the area when an AED is being used.

What does defibrillation do to the heart?

When an SCA occurs the electrical impulses in the heart stop working properly and the heart can stop beating. Using a marine AED delivers an electrical shock to the heart which can restore normal electrical activity to the heart making it beat normally again or restart the heart if it has stopped beating.

Does defibrillation damage the heart?

Some damage can occur to the heart when a large shock is administered. However, a large shock is often needed for the defibrillation to be successful and restore electrical activity in the heart. There is still not enough evidence to know whether the damage after defibrillation is caused by the cardiac event itself or the defibrillation, and more research needs to be done to determine this. However, getting the heart started is the most important factor if someone has a sudden cardiac arrest on your vessel and using an AED will increase their chances of survival from 0.

What is better CPR or defibrillation?

Both CPR and defibrillation are important when someone has had a sudden cardiac arrest however, defibrillation is the only treatment that will get the heart restored to normal function. CPR is important in the time between someone having a SCA and the AED being used as this will keep blood pumping through the heart keeping it alive until normal heart function can be restored with the defibrillator. Using CPR is important in settings such as on boats and vessels as it can take a few minutes to retrieve the AED from where it is stored to where the person needing treatment is.

Latest Defibrillator Articles

The Martek Marine blog contains the latest industry news, product information, helpful articles, and guides for defibrillators.

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