Health and Safety
Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
The University has fifteen public Access AEDs distributed around the University. This initiative is part of the University’s commitment to the Health and Wellbeing of its staff and students, as well as being a socially responsible organisation. Both of these are core values of the University.
The University has been praised by the South Central Ambulance Service for the installation of the AEDs across campus city in an article published in the January 2015 edition of 'Working together' (Pages 26-31).
What is a defibrillator?
Definition - An AED is a device which enables the general public to attempt to restart a heart after a cardiac arrest. They are designed to be simple to operate as the device has a computer programme which will read the heart rhythm and will only discharge (automatically) if it is correct to use a shock in that set of circumstances. They are being introduced into community settings more frequently and may be positive in terms of preventing avoidable deaths.
Do I need training to use an AED?
The view of the Resuscitation Council (UK) is that the use of AEDs should NOT be restricted to trained personnel. Furthermore, the Resuscitation Council (UK) considers that it is inappropriate to display notices to the effect that only trained personnel should use the devices, or to restrict their use in other ways. Such restrictions are against the interests of victims of cardiac arrest, and discourage the greater use of AEDs by members of the public who may be able to preserve life and assist victims of cardiac arrest. This confirms similar advice from the British Heart Foundation.
The types of AED installed by the University have been chosen as they are suitable for any person to use. At every stage, audio instruction is given by the equipment. Training in the use of AED’s is available to University First Aiders. Whilst training is not considered necessary due to the simplicity of the AEDs, these sessions are offered to promote familiarity and confidence in their use. AED training sessions are organised through the Health and Safety Office, contact email@example.com
The Health and Safety office launched an AED awareness exercise amongst the University first aiders, to find out more about this click here.
Why are we installing Defibrillators?
The Resuscitation Council (UK) state that the automated external defibrillator (AED) has been described as the single most important development in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). These devices are now widely available and used by people, often with little or no training, to re-start the heart of a victim of SCA.
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