Defibrillator Training

Redkite Training Solutions are ahead of the HSE changes in defibrillator training due to take effect in December 2016.

According to recent statistics, 2.3 million people suffer some type of cardiac related health issue within the UK[1]. Unlike the common misconception, one does not have to be in poor health to have such issues arise. Those which are considered to be in “prime” health can suffer from such conditions from high blood pressure to cardiac arrest. It has been suggested that 1 out of every 6 men have a condition related to the heart. Due to the number of heart related illnesses and deaths (which is estimated around 73,000 persons a year) caused throughout the UK the HSE is implementing mandatory defibrillator training for any employer or employees who fulfil a workplace first aider role.

What is a defibrillator?

Many people have seen the commercialised and Hollywood version of a defibrillator. These machines are not what the AED Defibrillator looks like at all. Yes, there are some models which can become complex and the model that you chose may not be the same as those pictured in this article. However, for the most part the AED device is much smaller and far less complicated. The reason is so the first aider can administer such in an emergency without the requirement of a supportive staff. A person that is administering an AED Defibrillator is not concerned with readings and data, they are concerned with getting the heart started while they wait on the emergency services to arrive and professionally stabilise the person who has suffered from the attack.

The Defibrillator is a tool which delivers an electric pulse to the body in the event of cardiac arrest. The machine is composed of two pads and a power source normally a battery so that it is portable. The Defibrillator works by building up a charge. The charge is then transferred to the pads, a transfer charge button is then pressed or the device may be fully automatic.

Typically, the emergency devices will have a pictorial instruction manual for the user to show the proper placement of the paddles. The point of the AED Defibrillator is to provide a quick and intuitive device to save lives.

Why is training needed if the device is intuitive?

Apart from proper usage, those trained need to be able to recognize the signs that a person may be suffering from a cardiac arrest or a similar heart condition. By being able to spot such situations, emergency aid can be delivered to the individual before the Defibrillator is needed. As the first aider’s job is to prevent and protect life, this is a vital part of any companies training. It is far better to assist a person which may be experiencing the symptoms leading up to cardiac arrest than to try to get  that same person’s heart and breathing started back with a defibrillator and CPR.

A defibrillator is intended to shock the heart. As such, it is not a tool which should be used haphazardly.  Granted, those which are in a crises situation have the best intentions towards the person which has gone into cardiac arrest.  A defibrillator training course will show you how to apply the pads, understand the safety elements surrounding the use of the AED and more importantly allow you to practice using one in a supportive and confidence building environment.

Redkite Training Solutions offers Defibrillator Training

Redkite Training Solutions, a leader in First Aid, Health, and safety Training in the Reading, Berks and Thames Valley, offers a defibrillator training course. This training meets the requirements which will take place December 2016. To find the specific changes which will take effect, please read the recommendations from the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK).

Where many businesses have implemented AED devices into their facilities as an emergency tool, training is still needed to ensure the proper use, especially from those facilitating the first aider in the workplace.

The NHS have produced a Defibrillator Awareness Film which can be viewed here.

Redkite Training Solutions offers a 3-hour defibrillator training course which focuses on not only the proper usage of the AED devices but also:

  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty
  • CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)
  • Heart Attacks and Angina
  • Introduction to AED

Don’t have a defibrillator on site then buy one from us and get the training for free.

The deal is for a Lifepak CR Plus defibrillator these devices are:

  • Simple to use
  • Simple to Own
  • Simple to Maintain

The cost is £1100 inclusive.  Please contact us for further details.