Why AED Training Will Benefit Your Nursing Home Staff


As you may know, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States. It takes a life almost every two minutes, with only 12% of victims surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Fortunately, if an AED is used with effective CPR within 3-5 minutes, a victim’s chances of survival goes from 6% to 74%.

A massive difference!

An AED can be an amazing resource for saving lives especially for the 1.4 million Americans who live in nursing homes, as reported by The New York Times.

Whilst these devices are designed for untrained medical professionals, there are extra risks when using CPR and an AED on vulnerable nursing home victims. While most people recover from broken ribs and bruises, a frailer person may not.

This is why an excellent training program, delivered by experts, can really make the difference in saving the life of a much-loved family member.

Here are a few reasons why even the most qualified nursing home staff could benefit from AED training:

Help increase split-second responses

AED use and distribution has increased in nursing homes over the last decade, which is excellent for boosting the chances of survival from cardiac arrest.

However, one issue is that many people still mistake the terms heart attack and cardiac arrest. The two conditions are very different and some top-up training could help your staff to spot the difference, react faster and save a life.

Take their CPR skills to the next level

While it’s very likely that many of your staff will be CPR trained, there’s always room for improvement.

In a survey on CPR and AED use across the USA, it was revealed that only 1 in 10 Americans were certain of the correct rate at which compressions should take place. You can boost that percentage with some expert training.

Master how to use your model of AED

There are so many brands and models of AED out there that it’s hard to know the subtle and not-so-subtle differences.

While AEDs are designed to be used by non-medical professionals, being able to master your model of AED could make the difference between a noble attempt and saving a life.

Here at the defibshop, we have over a decade and a half of experience dealing with multiple brands of AED and can deliver bespoke training for your particular model.

Avoid causing further injury

Sometimes there are situations where it’s hard to know whether to use an AED or not. For example, it’s very likely a victim in a nursing home may have a pacemaker. Many AED instruction kits advise not to use an AED on a person with a pacemaker – but that doesn’t mean defibrillation is impossible.

It is possible to apply defibrillation to someone with a pacemaker without injuring the person or causing damage to the pacemaker. With some extra training, staff can feel confident in using these high-tech devices in any unique situations like this.

Although there can be costs to failing to have the resources to save a life, the actual cost of saving the life of a beloved family member will always be priceless. If you agree, then why not take a look at one of our training courses.

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