Question: I am considering the possibility of acquiring a defibrillator, since my 89-year-old mother, who lives with me, has a bad aortic valve. I have been told that anyone can use them. Do you think this is a good idea? Enrique (Badajoz).
Answer: In general, it is considered advisable that all people, healthcare or not, have knowledge of basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (cardiac massage, ventilation, etc.). In addition, in recent years, the benefit of having semi-automatic defibrillators in public places to use them in the event of specific episodes of cardiac arrest has been confirmed.