Do I Need Training for Using an AED?

The number of Sudden Cardiac Arrest cases is expected to go up to 350,000 this year. With such an alarming figure, it is best that people are trained and prepared to deal with such situations. Having an AED device close-by is a need these days but even if it is, then comes the question of operating it; who can use an AED unit?

Why do I Need to Purchase an AED?

When it comes to saving the life of a person within 10-15 minutes after suffering from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, AED devices can make a huge difference. Each year several people die due to such a condition which can be prevented most of the time if an AED device is around. About 92% of the people who fall victim to SCA can be saved if defibrillation could be given in time. Emergency Medical Services take far too long to help the victim in such critical cases; hence, only AEDs are the suitable tool to help the victims.

 

Who can Use an AED?

Many people use an AED without any formal training. However, it must be noted that in order to operate the device correctly, the basic CPR and AED training is essential. It does not necessarily have to be a formal program or management course, you just need to know how to go about it correctly. 

The AEDs today are mostly self-automated so that the responder does not have to do much other than just powering it on. In most of the SCA survival cases, it has been found that it is the laymen and bystanders who have helped them by using an AED device. In the UK, the Resuscitation Council has forwarded an opinion that AED use should not be limited to trained personnel only and no such notices regarding it should be put into effect. Making such restrictions does not turn out to be in favor of the people having Sudden Cardiac Arrests. The British Heart foundation also seconds this motion and stands in favor of allowing non-trained people to help in such crucial times.

In many other developed countries, the situation is similar. Passing such restrictive notices and putting them in effect will limit the chances of survival, an SCA victim cannot afford to wait to be treated by healthcare professionals only. Time is of great importance as each minute’s delay further cuts down the chances of survival by 7-10%.

The success stories shared by many SCA survivors prove that the common people are heroes in times of need. Bystanders, family members or friends come to rescue with an AED device even if they don’t know how to use it. Putting an end to such positive and hopeful chances of saving a life should not be put under jeopardy.