Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a box of electronics that analyses and re-organises the rhythms of the heart should an individual have a cardiac arrest.

Do you know the answer to the following few simple questions?

Chances of survival without one?

Without the use of one of these pieces of equipment the person who has had a cardiac arrest has a slim chance of survival. Best results are achieved if it is used within the first 10 minutes of an incident occurring.  After 10 minutes the chances of recovery go down by 10% for every minute delayed

Do you know where you’re nearest AED or more common name of Public Access Defibrillator (PADS) is located?

There is a map showing where AED’s or PAD’s are located as well as an app for mobiles? Your community, village, town or city can register your AED or PAD on-line with the local ambulance service, your local health centre or doctor.

What about training?

Not required the unit tells you what to do, technically true but with a little knowledge and understanding of Basic Life Support you could do so much more. Each unit is different and has unique features like can it be used with children as well as adults.

What about maintenance?

Does not need it, again technically true as they all self-test and have indicators showing that are okay to use. All units have consumables that expire and need checking on a regular basis. It is advisable to read the manufacturers literature as most units require simple maintenance; some even have a service indicator on them to tell you to contact the manufacturer. Volunteers can be asked to become “guardians” to help look after and maintain these units, who cares for your unit?

What about the First Aid kit?

Most First Aid kits do not contain the extra items recommended for use with an AED or PAD and it is worth purchasing a small AED responders kit that can be kept with the unit, cost is minimal.

Where next?

Want to know more, be more assured and confident in the use of an AED, you may even save a loved ones life one day Contact us on: 07974 407988

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