AEDs are designed to be as simple to use as possible so that anybody can save a life in the event of an emergency. You should be able to rely on the AED to make all the decisions for you and guide you through the process step by step, so defibrillator training isn’t compulsory.
However, when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest you can never be too prepared. For every minute after an SCA the victim’s chances of survival drop by 20% so it’s vital to act quickly. If you don’t have a medical background is quite likely that you’ll be in a state of panic during an emergency situation so defibrillator training is a good idea to make sure you feel more confident.
What kind of defibrillator training do you need?
It’s important to have qualified first-aiders on hand – in many industries, it’s legally required. Someone who has been trained to perform lifesaving treatment, can give direction to others or is able to assess and monitor the patient will make all the difference. If an AED is in a location where there’s a lot of people, such as a school, factory or tourist spot, there is a much higher chance of sudden cardiac arrest striking so you would benefit from defibrillator training the most.
If the population in your environment is much smaller or comprehensive training courses seem out of your budget, there are some kits available that will enable you to undergo some simple in-house defibrillator training. The thought of using an AED or performing CPR is daunting for those who have never done it before so even the most basic background knowledge can give you more confidence and help you to deal with an emergency situation calmly and successfully.
Aside from DVDs and books, training tools will help you to practice your skills. Defibrillator training units and training pads can be used on manikins to recreate emergency cardiac arrest situations so they’re a great way to gain some valuable experience.
There are several training options available with Martek Lifecare. Each one can be used on its own or be combined to ensure you have peace of mind.
Virtual online training from a Martek Lifecare expert that allows you to save time and costs while making sure that everyone on your team becomes familiar with using an AED. This accredited course provides staff with invaluable experience and gives them the confidence they need to take rapid action.
Within the online training, we cover the following:
• Background to cardiac arrest
• Common causes and misconceptions
• Chain of survival and how to treat a cardiac arrest
• Lifeline AEDs
• Service and Maintenance
• CPR, AEDs and the law
• Questions and answer session
The silver familiarisation training package is ideal for anybody with a defibrillator or thinking of buying one. You’ll receive certified CPR and AED on-site training to TQUK Level 2 AED and CPR (RQF), a 3 year accredited qualification. Over the four hours of training, the course will allow students to use an AED and perform CPR.
With the silver package, we cover:
• Basic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory and respiratory system
• Basic life support
• The chain of survival and benefits of early defibrillation
• Resuscitation Council guidelines
• Defibrillator training and general safety guidelines
• Practice session
• Written and practical assessment
Certified first aid at work training with six hours of on-site practice in using AEDs and performing effective CPR. The course is accredited to the standard of TQUK Level 3 emergency first aid at work (RFQ).
The gold package covers:
• First Aid Priorities
• Managing Incidents
• Basic Life Support
• Examination of a Casualty
• Control of Bleeding
• Burns and Scalds
• First Aid Kits
• Recording and Reporting
• Theory and Practical Elements
Standalone Trainer AED
This can be used to instruct students in the various operating modes of the Lifeline AED how to use it as part of a standard rescue protocol. The trainer unit is similar to a functional AED in form and operation but all the rubberized exterior surfaces are red to clearly distinguish the unit as a training device that can’t be used to defibrillate real patients