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.

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