The HSE have revised First Aid training syllabuses following changes to The Resuscitation Council UK guidelines.
As the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification covers CPR, and the EFAW forms the first unit of the First Aid at Work (FAW), the AED training changes have only been made to the EFAW.
AED training covers the safe use, correct placement of pads and following the AED voice prompts.
What is an AED?
An AED is a portable machine that automatically sends an electric shock to the heart muscle to return it to its normal rhythm. Once opened, it provides full instructions on what you should do.
When should an AED be used?
AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (when a person’s heart stops working) and they are unresponsive and not breathing.
30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside hospital each year* and quick use of an AED (within 3–5 minutes of collapse) can lead to survival rates of 50 to 75 per cent.
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