Community defibrillators... What, why, where!
All you need to know about defibrillators!
- What is a defibrillator?
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are devices that can deliver an electric shock to a casualty in a cardiac arrest. These devices are simple and safe to use and can be found in places throughout Wales.
- Do I need training to use an AED?
You don’t need training to use an AED, but training will help give you the confidence you need should you have to perform CPR and use the AED in the future. Basic CPR and use of the AED is a simple skill to learn, but one that can save a life.
- Why does the AED need a heated cabinet?
The heated cabinet is needed to keep the AED battery warm during the winter months, the cabinet also allows for 24hr access in an emergency. The AED looks after itself and will perform self-checks to make sure that the system is ready for use. If a malfunction is detected it will demonstrate this by indicating a red cross on the screen of the AED.
- Are there different types of AEDs?
Yes there are different types AED. They all do the same job however some defibrillators have expensive ongoing cost. There is one make of defibrillator has no ongoing costs, as its pads and batteries are replaced free of charge by the ambulance service itself. This is the ZOLL defibrillator, and it's compatible with the ambulance service defibrillator making for swift transfer between devices. It also means that the North Wales CPADS support officer is able to replace pads after it has been used, free of charge and without delay, ensuring the AED is reinstalled and ready to be used again promptly, without any ongoing costs to the community. Out of date pads and batteries on a ZOLL AED can also be replaced free of charge as required by the North Wales PADS support Officer - contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know?
The AED looks after itself and will perform self-checks to make sure that the system is ready for use. If a malfunction is detected it will demonstrate this by indicating a red cross on the screen of the AED.
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