Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are a vital piece of equipment in the treatment of heart-related emergencies, most commonly cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart unexpectedly and suddenly ceases beating. The usual cause is an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation, which usually results from abnormal and very fast electrical activity in the heart. The only effective treatment is defibrillation.

Defibrillation is an electrical shock delivered via an electrical current applied to the chest. The electrical current passes through the chest, attempting to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. If the AED can be applied to a sudden cardiac arrest victim within the first minute of collapse, their chance of survival is 90%. For every minute that passes, their chance of survival drops 10%. This means that a 10-minute ‘window of opportunity’ exists in which to locate an AED and apply it to the victim. Meanwhile, good cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help to prolong the time during which effective defibrillation can be achieved.

Fortunately, AEDs are becoming more common, especially in public places. Look for them in the foyer of community centres, near the evacuation plan in business premises, in the office or staff room at schools, behind the bar or in function rooms at sports clubs, on the wall in your gym, in the foyer of libraries, and centrally located near toilet aisles, cinemas or information desks in shopping centres and airports.

The steps to using an AED are simple – the visual and audio prompts from the defibrillator guide the user through the entire resuscitation process. The machine assesses the victim’s heart rhythm, and will only defibrillate a shockable rhythm. For example, there is another abnormal rhythm called pulseless electrical activity, which an AED would assess as not requiring shock. In this case, the only effective treatment is good quality CPR.

So it is important to know how to do CPR properly and how to use an AED. Allens Training Sunshine Coast, regularly runs CPR training courses at our Birtinya training centre – 8/10 Capital Place. To schedule your next CPR course, please book online via our secure website or phone 07 5438 8888.

All nationally recognised HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training courses cover using an AED so if you want to know how to use one this is the best course for you. Our courses provide all participants the opportunity to practice with a training AED so you are familiar with and confident to use an AED should the time arise.

We also visit workplaces across the sunshine coast and deliver training on-site. To find out more about on-site workplace training and obtain a group quote, please visit our website.

All nationally recognised HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training courses cover using an AED so if you want to know how to use one this is the best course for you. Our courses provide all participants the opportunity to practice with a training AED so you are familiar with and confident to use an AED should the time arise.

Allens Training includes defibrillators in our range of products for sale – visit our online shop for details, and call one of our friendly staff for assistance with your purchase. 

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