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Need help? Need help? Find out which AED is best for you Defibrillators are devices that give an electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is a common problem in the UK, with thousands of victims a year, making it highly likely an incident might occur in your workplace. They are not required by law to be fitted in workplaces, but they increase the likelihood of survival if a worker or visitor goes into cardiac arrest. According to the Resuscitation Council UK, defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50–70%. Defibrillators have also changed and improved a great deal in the past few years, and they are now easier to use, all modern AEDs can be used with no prior knowledge or training.

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Choosing an AED

Like the rest of our first aid supplies, our range of defibrillators will help ensure your workplace is as safe as possible for workers and visitors. Defibrillators can mean the difference between life and death, and as they are now even easier to use there really is no excuse not to have one in the workplace. It’s not just first aiders who can use these life saving devices, anyone can help save a life with an AED.

Semi Automatic Defibs vs Fully Automatic Defibs

A fully automatic AED will deliver the shock to the patient without any interaction from the user, which means the defibrillation can begin quickly. On the other hand, a semi-automatic device could be considered safer because it requires the user to press a button, allowing them to check bystanders are standing back before delivering the shock.

IP Rating

Standing for Ingress Protection, this relates to the AEDs susceptibility to moisture and dust, so you should consider the type of environment and volume of water and dirt in the surrounding vicinity.

AED Ease Of Use

Simplicity of use is a factor to consider when deciding which AED to purchase. The Lifepak CR Plus Automated External Defibrillator for instance can be used by anyone, with no prior knowledge or training being necessary. It really is incredibly simple and easy to use, with a clear two-step process that involves just turning the machine on and then attaching the electrodes to the cardiac arrest victim. There are clear, easy to follow instructions as well, making this a foolproof machine that might save somebody’s life.

CPR Coaching & Monitoring

Some AEDs such as the ZOLL AED 3™ and ZOLL AED Plus® provide improved support for rescuers in the form of CPR feedback. By monitoring the speed and depth of chest compressions and providing audio or visual instructions, such feedback can guide rescuers to deliver better CPR quality and consequently, according to studies, improve survival rates.

There are also more comprehensive defibrillator packs available, such as the CardiAid Defibrillator with Servicare Package. This defibrillator comes with already connected electrodes, which makes attaching the machine to the victim even faster, thereby cutting down on precious minutes in the event of an emergency. It also features a paediatric mode and provides metronomic signals that give clear signals throughout the CPR process. This product also comes with maintenance servicing and a high battery capacity that means the unit will perform to full capacity.

Other things to consider when investing in a defibrillator for the workplace are storage and signage. If your workplace does not have a designated first aid room, it might be a good idea to purchase a cabinet to store the defibrillator in, as well as one of our AED signs available in a wide range of sizes. These signs alert workers and even passers by to the location and presence of the defibrillator in a clear and eye-catching manner, which can be crucial in the event of an emergency. We also have a wide range of resuscitators and face shields, which can prove vital in situations where CPR is necessary.

Although the law does not require defibrillators to be fitted, they are a wise investment for offices, as well as schools, nurseries, train stations and other public areas such as gyms, cinemas, theatres, doctor’s and dental surgeries. When it comes to health and safety, you can never be too careful, and a defibrillator, especially one that can be used by anyone, could save the life of an individual suffering a cardiac arrest.

Emergency Defibrillator FAQs

What does AED stand for?

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator

How much does a defibrillator cost?

The cost depends on the sophistication of the device and the features it includes. An AED with features such as visual instructions, automatic casualty analysis and CPR feedback tend to be more expensive. However, these extra features to improve the likelihood of the casualties survival and mean that almost anyone can use them.

How does a defibrillator work?

When a person goes into cardiac arrest their heartbeat becomes irregular, so an AED sends out a high energy shock to try and restart the heart’s regular rhythm. This is called defibrillation. If this procedure is carried out within a few minutes the person has better chances of survival. To use an AED, you should first recognise that a person has collapsed and that it may be due to cardiac arrest. Then you should attach the two adhesive pads to the bare chest of the victim. Most AED’s come with audible step-by-step instructions on how to use the machine when they are needed.

Can use of an AED damage a casualty or make symptoms worse?

Defibrillators detect heart rhythms and will only deliver a shock if it is needed, therefore it's impossible to use an AED incorrectly.

What is a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD)?

The term PAD relates to the use of defibrillators in public spaces. AEDs are becoming more and more prevalent in public locations, often being stored in secure boxes or cabinets, which members of the public can sometimes access with a code obtained by calling 999.

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