Yes, the emergency room will have a defibrillator. Nurses and doctors in the emergency room have special training and will be able to use the defibrillator if it would become necessary. Most hospitals have defibrillators on every floor of the hospital. Some hospitals even have AED (automated external defibrillators) in public areas of the hospital in case there is an emergency.
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Kathleen Handal, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredYes! Not only the ER, but every hospital floor as well as onboard ambulances. The automated version of a defibrallator are in public settings from clubs, grocery stores even airlines carry them on board. When you take a CPR course you will learn about these AEDs- 'Automated External Defibrillators'. AEDs save lives if applied right away when someone is not responding and not breathing. CPR alone is not enough in certain cases to restart a heart. In many cities when you call 911 the dispatcher will tell you the location of the nearest defibrillator. AEDs are very user friendly, illustration and audio prompts you on its use. Do not be afraid to help someone, AED devices warn you when a shock is about to be delivered.
All places that call themselves Emergency Rooms should have a defibrillator, which is an electronic device that delivers a shock to the heart when it is not pumping effectively. The defibrillators in an ER are usually manual and require training to operate. Automatic defibrillators (ACD's) are commonly available in public places and can be easily used by any intelligent adult, with little or no training. However, research shows that if people in a city (for instance) are trained in the use of the ACD and in basic heart resuscitation (BLS), the rate of survival for heart attacks is better than when people are untrained.