WHAT IS AN AED?
An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyse the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS?
Every single person who uses Yate Outdoor Sports Complex needs to be aware there is an AED situated behind the bar in the clubhouse.
You may be the person who is asked to fetch it!
PROCEDURE IF SOMEBODY IS UNRESPONSIVE & NOT BREATHING
- The first thing anybody should do is call 999.
- Chest compressions should then be applied. It is during this time that any trained medic or first aider may call for the AED, whilst they continue chest compressions. This is why it is important everybody knows where it is.
- Unpack the AED and follow the directions/voice prompts
BRITISH RED CROSS VIDEO
*The AED is a different manufacturer, but will be very similar.