Your Guide to Using AED’s
Your Guide to Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s)
Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) provide crucial life saving first aid to victims of cardiac arrest without the need for a trained healthcare professional. Defibrillators detect the victim’s heart rhythm before delivering an electrical current through the chest to shock the heart back into normal rhythm.
Designed so that any person trained or untrained can operate, the devices are extremely user-friendly and come complete with simple and clear voice and visual prompts. Having a defibrillator on site increases the chances of survival for a victim of cardiac arrest and can be the difference between life and death for you, your employees and visitors.There are two types of defibrillators; automatic and semi-automatic, read our guide below to choose a suitable system for your workplace. Neither device requires the user to be trained, however if you provide one in your workplace it is advisable to provide training to some employees such as the first aiders on site.
Semi-Automatic Defibrillators allow the user to have full control over the delivery of a shock.
The user will be instructed to deliver a shock, only if needed, using the shock button.
The semi-automatic unit features a voice prompt that will guide the user through the process of using the device.
Fully Automatic Defibrillators
Fully Automatic Defibrillatorscan deliver shocks to victims automatically without the user manually operating the device, allowing the user to concentrate on chest compressions. Just as with the semi-automatic device, the fully automatic defibrillator features a clear and concise voice prompt, to guide the user.
Seton offer complete AED Kits which are available with either a Semi-Automatic Defibrillator or a fully Automatic Defibrillator. The Kits provide your workplace with the essential equipment you need to deal with a casualty including; an AED unit (semi-automatic or automatic), an accessible wall bracket, a projecting wall sign, a fully functional responder kit and poster guides for both trained and untrained users.
Both the fully automatic and the semi-automatic options are able to perform daily, weekly or monthly self checks on circuitry and batter levels to ensure your device is in full working order. To enhance the efficiency of your AED, training programmes , language options and 5-10 year warranty’s are all available.
A range of AED accessories are available from Seton including wall brackets, signs and posters. It is recommended that the time from a person’s collapse to when the defibrillator can be brought to them should be less than 5 minutes in the Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2010 . To comply with this, well located wall brackets and signs enhance visibility as well as improving accessibility to the device. All AED devices, kits and accessories offered by Seton are fully compliant with the current Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
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