An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a vital piece of equipment, used when a patient is in cardiac arrest. It can be used by trained First Aid Responders (FAR) and Community First Aid Responders, to restart the heart.
It monitors the patient’s heart rhythm, advising the user when to deliver a shock. If your AED is used in conjunction with good quality CPR, the chances of survival may be increased.
It comes in a marked box and contains among other things;
- AED and battery pack.
- AED mains lead.
- Defibrillator pads (Adult & paediatric.)
- Gloves (Non sterile latex).
- Small towel to dry the chest and razor (to remove excessive hair so pads can connect properly.
Checking your AED
Completing a weekly AED checklist is vital. Here is our top 5 tips to ensure you AED kit is properly stocked and ready to use, no matter when the emergency;
- Check your AED battery, by performing a quick battery test.
- Ensure the leads on mains connector are not damaged and are connected properly.
- Check your pads, ensuring they are sealed and in date.
- Have a clean small towel and razor for cleaning the chest along with sterile gloves (non-latex.)
- If you do not have a heating cabinet for AED, store it in a warm and dry location.
Should you come across a patient in cardiac arrest and have had no previous training, the emergency services will advise you over the phone.
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