Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D) 1/2 Day
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Kills nearly 200,000 people every year. Having simple AED equipment and trained staff on site allows early defibrillation (before an ambulance can get to you) which can increase the chances of survival from 5% to 80%. The equipment is very simple, very safe and can be safely used with only 4 hours training. All diagnostic ‘decisions’ are made by the AED – with the operator following verbal prompts only.
In the UK the government is encouraging the use of AED’s by non-medical operators through its ‘National Defibrillator Programme’. At present there is no statutory legal requirement under English law to provide a defibrillator, but liability may arise under common law for failure to take adequate safeguards to protect the public present at a facility. In practice this may be particularly relevant in large workplaces, retail areas public attractions or sports & leisure facilities (particularly where people undertake physical exercise).
The Resuscitation Council (UK) suggests that a risk assessment should indicate AED training where ‘The frequency of cardiac arrest is such that there is a reasonable probability of the use of an AED at least once in 5 years’.
AED Training assumes that candidates have First Aid or basic CPR skills. For candidates with no
previous training, AED courses can be cost-effectively combined with Basic Life Support,
Appointed Person or First Aid at Work Training Courses.
Who is it for?
- Members of public, commerce and industry wishing to learn how to perform basic life support and to learn how to use and automated external defibrillator machine.
Course content includes:
- Personal safety, assessing the incident
- Priorities: DRSAB check and sending for help
- Unconscious casualty
- Resuscitation: adults
- Assessment of basic life support skills
- Basic information about the heart & how defibrillation works
- Chain of survival
- Defibrillation (recognition of heart rhythms)
- Introduction to the machine, inc. Care and maintenance
- Recording of information (sample report form)
- Practical use of machine & application of pads
- Voice prompts and appropriate responses
- CPR & use of AED on casualty
- General guidelines for using a defibrillator
- Protocols and candidate practice
- Special circumstances
- Hand over to the emergency services
- Practical exercises
- AED certificate valid for 12 months
- Duration - 1/2 Day (min 4 Hours)
- Assessment (practical) simulated medical scenarios
- Courses are run at various convenient locations
- In company training available
- Certification awarded to all successful candidates - valid for 12 months
- Discounts available for in-company training or multiple places on open courses.
- The A.E.D course can be combined with first aid at work where required