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Early access to Defibrillation a link in the Chain of Survival
The actions linking the victim of sudden cardiac arrest with survival are called the Chain of Survival ( see above ).
The first link of this chain indicates the importance of recognising those at risk of cardiac arrest and calling for help in the hope that early treatment can prevent arrest.
The central links are the integration of CPR and defibrillation (AED) as the components of effective early resuscitation in an attempt to restore life.
Immediate CPR can double or triple survival (Performing chest-compression-only CPR is better than giving no CPR at all.)
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) plus defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 49–75%.
Each minute of delay before defibrillation reduces the probability of survival to discharge by 10–12%.
The final link in the Chain of Survival, effective post-resuscitation care, is targeted at preserving function, particularly of the brain and heart.
Why is use of Automated External Defibrillation ( AED Defib) Important ?
The sooner you provide defibrillation with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED Defib) the better the victim's chances of survival.
For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest must wait to be defibrillated, their chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent. After 10 minutes, the chance of survival is less than 10 per cent.
What is an Automated External Defibrillator? ( AED Defib )
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating
Automated External Defibrillator Training Course
Is a 2-3 hour (half day) course covering the use of the AED -it will be designed to be bespoke to your organisation-and the trainers will be able to answer any questions you may have in connection with the AED and it's use
You will find out
Why you might need to use a defibrillator
When you might need to use one
How it works (& why!)
and you will all have the opportunity to use our training AED's -so that you become comfortable with how easy and straightforward they are to use
(You will also get to practice effective CPR ) If you already have an AED on site- we will be happy to talk you through its use and any differences (if any) between it and our training AED.
The cost is £350(ex vat) for up to 12 delegates (includes certificates) and can be delivered on your premises or ours on dates to suit
Please contact us if you require any further information
Do I need training to use an AED ( Automatic External Defibrillator) ?
The short answer is no! -they have been designed to be used by anyone without any prior knowledge of training and once switched on they guide you through the steps with voice prompts, images or video
However we have found that many of our course delegates are (understandably)
very nervous about it's use and many say that they would probably not attempt to use an AED even knowing that it is designed to be used without training.
Because of this we now demonstrate the AED on our first aid courses & also offer a 3 hour course on AED/CPR to show how easy they are to use. Everyone who has completed our course so far has conformed that after being trained they would use an AED if required at work or in a public place