Archive for the ‘First Aid’ Category

First Aid training on Radio 4

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

BBC Radio 4 recently featured first aid training on their popular consumer affairs programme “You and Yours”, in particular focusing on the situation regarding the regulation of first aid training.


Does the use of an AED replace the need for CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)?

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

No, the AED is used in conjunction with CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) so you will still need to carry out the cest compressions and mouth to mouth breaths.  The AED machine will prompt and guide you during this process.

Can an AED be used on children?

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Standard AEDs with can be used on children over 8 years old.

Some AED models, such as the ones we use on our training courses, have both adult and paediatric chest pads, so for children between 1 and 8 years old, paediatric pads or a paediatric mode should be used if available; if not available then the standard AED pads should be used as normal.

Can only trained personnel use an AED?

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Whilst it is best practice to ensure personnel are appropriately trained in the use of an AED by attending a suitable training course.

However it is the view of the UK Resuscitation council and the British Heart Foundation that the use of an AED should not be restricted to trained personnel only.

Are there any benefits for having an AED on site?

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The treatment of sudden cardiac arrest is time critical and for every minute that defibrillation is delayed decreases the casualties chance of survival between 7 – 10%

An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can provide a safe and easy to use means of defibrillation for the casualty

There is a significant increase in casualty survival rates where an AED has been in the first few minutes following a sudden cardiac arrest.