Restart The Heart
When switched on the AED will instruct the user to connect the pads to a patient’s bare chest. The pads enable the AED to examine the patient’s heart and determine if the patient is in a viable, shockable rhythm. If the device determines that a shock is required, it will charge in preparation to deliver a shock. The AED is very safe as it will only charge if it determines a shockable rhythm is present.
Raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in communities
· SCA is the UK’s biggest killer!
· SCA kills more people that AIDS, Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer combined!
· SCA strike anyone, anytime, anywhere and without warning
An Automated External Defibrillator, together with CPR, is the ONLY way to Restart The Heart during SCA
CPR alone = 5% Survival
CPR + AED = 50% Survival
Who can use an AED?
AEDs can be used by anyone with minimal or no training and little or no experience (Resuscitation Council UK guidelines purport that the use of AEDs should not be restricted to trained personnel). However, chances of survival increase if the person has had some awareness training in its use. For this reason, Arrhythmia Alliance recommends running public awareness sessions and training opportunities when placing a community AED.
The value of having an AED in your community
You could help save a life using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Life- saving defibrillators can be housed in secure, weather-proof, heated cabinets on the exterior walls of public places with 24 hour access. All cabinets can be keypad locked for security.
In an emergency you would call 999 to obtain the Access Code for the cabinet so that the AED can be taken and used on the patient. Meanwhile Emergency Services are dispatched to the scene.