Wrightway Health now include defibrillator (AED) Training in all first-aid courses.
From 31st December 2016, the HSE requires all first-aid training courses to include Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training.
They now place more emphasis on the role of an AED in resuscitating a patient who is unresponsive and not breathing.
What is an AED?
An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. This is a small, self-contained defibrillator usually stored in a public location for first-aiders to use.
If you see this sign:
It indicates an AED is available for resuscitation. These life-saving tools require proper training, which also gives first-aiders the confidence to use them.
What does this mean for employers?
Employers are not required to buy an AED for their place of work.
Existing first aiders do not need to retrain, they can wait until they requalify to update their skills.
All new first aiders MUST be trained in the use of an AED.
When should AED’s be used?
AEDs should be used when a person’s heart has stopped beating and they are unresponsive and not breathing.
30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside hospital each year, and using an AED with appropriate first-aid intervention within 3-5 minutes of collapse can improve survival rates by 50 to 75%.