The HeartSaver AED Course will equip you with the skills necessary to respond to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The course is video-based and recognised by the Irish Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association. The HeartSaver AED Course teaches skills with the American Heart Association’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching technique.
This allows instructors to observe the learners, provide feedback and guide the learner on the skills which they have acquired. By the end of the course, the learner will have completed numerous cycles of CPR while using an AED.
The Heartsaver AED Course is designed this way so that the learner can feel more comfortable and confident if ever asked to carry out the skills in real life. Phoenix Safety Training Services is registered with the Irish Heart Foundation as an approved training site.
If you have any injuries or medical issues that you may be concerned about please discuss them with the course coordinator prior to attending the course as you will be required to complete all elements including the practical skills assessments in order to receive a course completion card (where one is available for the course).
The course is facilitated by an instructor who will guide you through the course with an interactive DVD that allows you to Practice-While-Watching
During the course learners will be continually assessed by the instructor. In the final assessment learners will be presented with a complete CPR & AED scenario which they must respond to. The learner must complete all necessary steps to complete the course successfully
2 Years Irish Heart Foundation/American Heart Association Certification (Recognised Internationally)
The Heartsaver AED course generally takes between 3 and 4 hours.
AED must be refreshed every 2 years in order to remain valid.
AEDs start their work by analyzing the electrical rhythm of the patient’s heart. If the patient’s condition is considered to be “non-shockable” the AED will not recommend a shock. The fact that some patients cannot be helped with a shock is an inherent limitation to the AEDs effectiveness.
If it is, a recorded voice prompts the rescuer to press the shock button on the AED. This shock momentarily stuns the heart and stops all activity. AEDs advise a shock only for ventricular fibrillation or another life-threatening condition called pulseless ventricular tachycardia.
AEDs will not shock patients who do not require a shock. When a heart is in VF, it is still receiving nerve impulses from the brain. These impulses are simply firing so chaotically that the heart cannot produce a “beat;” it cannot expel enough blood to keep the circulatory system flowing through the body.
In simplest terms, defibrillators cannot start a stopped heart. In fact, they work by stopping a heartbeat—a weird, problem heartbeat, that is. A powerful electric shock can actually reset a heart that’s pumping irregularly or too fast, in hopes of resetting the heart to its correct rhythm.
An AED, which applies an electric shock to a patient suffering cardiac arrest, requires direct contact between the pads and the skin. Any clothing which is in the way must be removed. Once the man explained that he had been cutting through the woman’s clothes in order to use the AED, he was not questioned any further.
Taking time to remove them will delay giving the first shock. Therefore, do not delay the use of an AED to remove jewellery or body piercings. However, do not place the AED pads directly over metallic jewellery or body piercings. Adjust AED pad placement if necessary
AED patches should not be placed over a medication patch to prevent accidental thermal burns from the delivered shock. If the AED leads need to be placed where a transdermal patch is located, the patch should be removed and the area cleaned to remove all layers and the residual medication on the skin.
Operators without formal training have also used AEDs successfully to save lives. Under these circumstances, no inhibitions should be placed on any person willing to use an AED.