Defibrillators are designed to be easy to use by trained and untrained responders. Voice prompts and visual cues guide the rescuer through the process to make it as easy as possible.
A shock from a defibrillator when combined with effective CPR is the only definitive treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Training equips you with the skills needed to save lives. Our training department imperative training offers a diverse range of training courses. This includes the Level 2 Award in CPR & AED (RQF) which covers how to administer CPR and use a defibrillator effectively. Training is given using the same defibrillator that you have to ensure you feel confident with the equipment that you would use in a real-life scenario. Enquire about training on 0161 776 7420.
Is Training Essential?
Although training is not a requirement to be able to use a defibrillator, it is highly recommended to ensure the most effective treatment is delivered for the highest chance of survival.
There are approximately 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) in the UK each year, with around 30,000 resuscitations attempted from an ambulance service.
When treatment is delivered within 3-5 minutes of the cardiac arrest taking place, the chance of survival increases from 6% to 74%. The main reason that 90-95% of people who suffer an SCA die is due to a lack of quick or effective treatment. With no treatment, a person in cardiac arrest will die, usually within minutes. Therefore, when responding to a cardiac emergency, effective and immediate treatment is vital.
For every minute that passes without treatment, the chance of survival decreases by 10%. As it takes an average of 9 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, the person who has suffered a cardiac arrest depends on help from bystanders for the best outcome.
However, people lack the skills, ability, and confidence to step in and help. In fact, a poll conducted for the BHF found that only 29% of people said they would be confident in performing CPR on a loved one and just 22% of people would feel prepared to deliver CPR to a stranger if it were required. The poll also found that 46% of people would be put off helping someone in cardiac arrest by the fear of causing more harm than good.
A defibrillator only administers a shock when a shockable rhythm is detected. It's not possible to shock a person when it is not required.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or queries you have around the topics discussed in this article. By training employees and teaching life-saving lessons in schools, we are enabling a generation of life-savers to provide treatment in an emergency if required.
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