The Medical Wing Ltd established Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Course covers the effectiveness of using an AED over basic life support in successfully treating a cardiac arrest.

Delegates are trained in the theory of when AED use is needed and why shocks are given. There will be extended practical sessions to familiarise students with AED use and integrating it during Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

This is an extended component that is also included in the FPOS Intermediate courses and can be run as a stand alone half day course. However it is highly recommended that it is taken in conjunction with the Oxygen Therapy course.

In many areas, emergency vehicles are likely to carry Automated External Defibrillation units (AEDs), with some ambulances carrying an AED in addition to manual defibrillators. Police or fire vehicles often carry an AED for first responder use. Some areas have dedicated community first responders, who are volunteers tasked with keeping an AED and taking it to any victims in their area. Automated External Defibrillation units AEDs are also increasingly common on commercial airliners, cruise ships, and other transportation facilities.

Unlike regular defibrillators, an automated external defibrillator requires minimal training to use. It automatically diagnoses the heart rhythm and determines if a shock is needed. Automatic models will administer the shock without the user’s command. Semi-automatic models will tell the user that a shock is needed, but the user must tell the machine to do so, usually by pressing a button. In most circumstances, the user cannot override a “no shock” advisory by an AED. Some AEDs may be used on children – those under 55 lbs (25 kg) in weight or under age 8. If a particular model of AED is approved for pediatric use, all that is required is the use of more appropriate pads.


Nearest Station: Bicester

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Dress & Equipment: All safety clothing and equipment is supplied

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