Over 150,000 people die each year in the UK from cardiac arrest
and defibrillation is now recognised as the critical action that can
restart a heart and increase a casualty's chance of survival.
An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is an automatic portable
device which is applied to a person's body. It reads the patient's heart rhythm
and advises whether or not a shock is needed. The scientific evidence to
support early defibrillation is overwhelming and whilst basic life support
(CPR) may help to sustain a shockable rhythm, it is not a definitive treatment.
A practical 3 hour course gives first aiders the skills, knowledge and
experience to safely use an AED and also enhances basic First Aid skills,
including CPR. The course complies with the UK Resuscitation Council