What is a AED - Automated External Defibrillator?
A defibrillator AED is a life-saving device used to treat a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition that occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops pumping.
The defibrillator analyses the heart rhythm and recognizes abnormalities. The machine will decide whether a shock is required to be delivered to the casualty or not. A defibrillator is commonly known as a an AED (automated external defibrillator) and a compulsory component of your CPR course in Australia.
Key Facts/Statistics on AED from Cardiac Science the Creators of Powerheart AED G3:
•33,000 Australians suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) each year
•Survival rate is between 2 and 5%
•For each minute that passes, the chance of survival is reduced by 10%, therefore a 10 minute “window of opportunity”
•Average ambulance response times is between 10-12 minutes
•The only guarantee is by having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site
•SCA is not gender or age specific
I would recommend the new Powerheart AED G3 Automatic Plus (Item 9390A). These AED’s are the most popular in the corporate market due to the ease of use, as there are no buttons to press. All the user does is open the lid and listen to the voice/text prompts to attach the electrode pads. The AED will determine if the patient needs a shock or not.
If a shock is required the AED will deliver the shock automatically, and if no shock is required, the AED will comprehensively guide the user through CPR (30 compressions followed by 2 breaths for 2 minutes). We also have a semi-automatic which is the same although the user is required to press the shock button if required (9390E).
Our AED’s are maintenance free as they perform automatic comprehensive self-testing of all critical components daily, weekly and monthly.
Some key features of the Powerheart AED G3 Plus are as follows:
•7 year warranty
•4 year full replacement battery warranty
•Daily, weekly and monthly comprehensive automatic self-testing of critical components
•Comprehensive voice and text prompts including detailed CPR prompts (how to perform CPR)
•Optional semi automatic or fully automatic (no buttons to press)
•Interchangeable electrodes (not side specific)
•60 minutes of Internal rescue data
The Australian Government Comcare states:
Do we need an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in our workplace?
There is no current legislation that either supports or excludes the use of an AED in a workplace where the Act applies. Comcare does, however, recognise and accept as evidence of good practice, the recent changes to first aid protocols as declared in April 2006 by St. John Ambulance Australia and other leading first aid providers.
These changes now include an AED in the standard emergency plan of Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, CPR and Defibrillation (DRABCD). It is also part of every CPR course HLTAID001 This new protocol supports the introduction of AED's into all public access locations and workplaces.
The AED is designed so that it cannot be accidentally or inappropriately used on another person, therefore vicarious liability is no higher than under current first aid practices.