Initial Safety Training
The importance of AED familiarisation – Let’s waken up people up…
- November 15, 2018
- Posted by: Ross Muir
- Category: First Aid Training
Most people have seen Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) given on TV or in films – the patient is rolled in on a trolley with someone pumping away at their chest, the paddles are brought out and the ‘stand clear’ order is given. The patient contorts and spasms as the electricity is introduced to their body by means of two cold, scary looking paddles. The doctors administer a couple of shocks and then pronounce the time of death. Everyone looks at each other with a mixture of guilt and resignation…then they get back to work. Anyone who has dealt with a cardiac arrest or has seen one in real life knows that, as with most Hollywood films, this isn’t the case in real life.
Back here in the real world, it may surprise you to know that you don’t even have to be trained to use a defibrillator. A shocking (pun fully intended) announcement for someone who makes a living out of supplying this type of training, but it’s true. Any member of the public can use a defibrillator, trained or not. Having said that, seeing the speed of my learners retrieving the defib and applying the pads correctly increasing dramatically by the end of one of my courses, it’s clear that good quality training and practice makes it extremely worthwhile. Statistics show that in the first three minutes of cardiac arrest the chances of survival reduce by 7% for every minute CPR or the use of a defibrillator is delayed, this increases to 10% from the fourth minute onwards, so you can see why great emphasis is placed on initiating CPR and getting pads placed on the chest as quickly as possible.
According to the Scottish Government statistics, there are around 3,000 OHCA (Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests) each year in Scotland. Although statistics vary from region to region, only around 6% of people who suffer an OHCA actually survive to discharge. It goes on to say that “increasing the incidence of bystander CPR is the cornerstone of improving outcomes because prompt bystander CPR can increase the likelihood of survival after OHCA by 2 or 3 times”. This means that correct CPR and the use of a defibrillator greatly increase the chances of survival, which could be the difference between someone you love surviving a cardiac arrest or not.
I get asked a LOT of questions during my courses about using an defibrillator, some of them include: what if I kill them? What if I get shocked? what if it’s raining? and many, many others. I’m not going to answer all of these questions in this article, that’s for another day. But it highlights the misunderstanding around how a defib actually works. Getting proper training could ultimately save the life of a loved one.
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