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Do you need training to use an AED?

You do not need formal training to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

AEDs are designed to be user-friendly, with voice prompts and visual instructions that guide individuals through the process of delivering a shock to someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

However, training is recommended and is a compulsory part of all Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work courses. Training ensures that users are familiar with the device, understand when and how to use it effectively, and can perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) in conjunction with AED use.

Training will include:

    1. Recognising the signs of sudden cardiac arrest.

    1. How to alert the emergency medical services.

    1. Performing CPR, including chest compressions and rescue breaths.

    1. Using an AED, including proper placement of electrode pads and interpreting voice prompts.

    1. Safety precautions to take when using an AED.

By completing formal training, individuals gain confidence and competence in responding to cardiac emergencies, which can significantly improve the chances of survival for someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.