Purchasing an automated external defibrillator (AED) is a major step towards protecting your organisation, your customers and the wider community against sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Beyond the point of purchase, there are many ways to get the most out of your AED and promote heart health in your workplace. Making sure people know that your AED is available as well as ensuring it’s clearly signposted and easy to locate is of vital importance. In addition, showing staff how to operate an AED and arranging for appropriate CPR training from an authorised instructor is the best way to get your workplace rescue ready.
AEDs in Sports and Leisure
When the David Lloyd Leisure Centre implemented Powerheart G5 AED’s across all their European sites, including 83 in the UK, they put a training programme in place so that staff could operate the AEDs with absolute confidence. Caleb Brown, who headed up the DLL’s AED training programme in 2006, emphasised the importance of teaching staff how to use an AED:
“With a training programme, you give people the ability to react faster in an event, which is going to increase chances of survival.”
Since 1998, the staff at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre has used AEDs to save the lives of more than 150 people.
AEDs in Schools
Having AEDs in schools is rare in the UK. Only a handful of schools nationwide have decided to implement a school defibrillator policy, but those that have are taking the steps to get the most out of their AED purchase.
Ealing is the first district in London to commit to equipping all its schools with AEDs and CPR training, following an initiative to get AEDs into local parks and community centres. The scheme, launched by council leader Julian Bell seeks to get AEDs into 91 schools in the borough, starting with Our Lady Of The Visitation Primary School. Bell said:
“AEDs and related CPR training have proven vital in boosting the survival rate of children and young people affected by sudden cardiac arrest, which is why I think it is so important that every school in our borough has access to one.”
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To find out how an AED or CPR training can help in your school or community, contact us today to make sure you’re prepared and always rescue ready.