Why Get an AED?
Why Should I Purchase an AED?
- There are around 30,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside of hospital in the UK each year
- Of these it is estimated by the NHS that only 18.5 % will survive
- An American study showed that 13% of all workplace deaths were a result of cardiac arrest
- If you introduce an AED into the chain of survival, you chance of survival goes from under 10% with CPR alone, increasing by up to 75% when an AED is introduced
- For every minute you go without an AED, your chance of survival decreases by 10%
Are AED’s Easy to Use?
- Yes. Most AED’s either start when opened, or when a power button is pushed
- AED’s are designed to guide users through the process
- An AED decides if a shock is needed.
- If one is required and your AED is fully-automatic, a shock will be administered, advising bystanders to stay clear
- If one is required and your AED is semi-automatic, the user will have to bush the shock button when it flashes, advising bystanders to stay clear
- Most AED’s have a metronome to guide CPR pace
- Some AED’s have full CPR assistance guiding users CPR speed and depth
- Some AED’s have visual prompts as well, some better than others
Is Training Required for AED Use?
- No. Although, like any workplace equipment, it is advisable that probable users are given some basic training. Often this can be given at the same time as your first aid training, as a bolt on.
- It is generally recommended that workplaces train their staff, as this increases the likelihood that they would use the AED
- As explained above, AED’s are re4latively easy to use, so untrained personnel are able to use the machine as well.
Do I Have to Service My AED?
- Most AED’s do not require external servicing
- AED’s will require the pads (electrodes) to be replaced periodically, normally 2-4 years, depending on the model
- AED’s will require the battery or charge sticks to be replaced periodically, normally every 2-5 years, depending on the model
- AED’s will require the pads to be replaced after use, some models will do this free of charge with event data form the machine.
Are There Any Other Costs Associated With The AED?
- This depends on you to some extent. Most AED’s come with cases.
Other things you may consider are as follows:
- Training (please see above)
- Hook or cabinet
- Rescue kit (comes with some AED’s) ~ normally contains razor and face shield as a minimum
How Long Will My AED Last?
- Most AED’s warranties are between 5 and 10 years
Would you want to wait????
Average Ambulance Response Times UK - 2013
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust ~ 5m 48s
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust ~ 5m 21s
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust ~ 5m 28s
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust ~ 6m 25s
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust ~ 6m 7s
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust ~ 5m 58s
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust ~ 5m 51s
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust ~ 5m 55s
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust ~ 5m 51s
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust ~ 5m 50s
Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust ~ (Merged with South Western Service)
South East Ambulance Service ~ did not supply figures.
Figures obtained by the Labour Party.