Defibrillation (AED) - Training Plus - Health & Safety Courses
Half day Certificate of Attendance

Course Summary

With the introduction of modern Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) into many workplaces and public areas in the UK, it is possible for trained personnel to administer defibrillation safely at a very early stage. This short course gives your staff the confidence and knowledge to offer the definitive treatment for a Cardiac Arrest and should significantly reduce the mortality rate associated with an out of hospital collapse.

Course content is as follows:

  • Respond to the needs of a collapsed adult casualty in suspected cardiac arrest with basic life support.
  • Respond to the needs of an adult casualty in cardiac arrest with Automated External Defibrillation.

After successful completion of the Resuscitation Practical Assessment, AED Practical Assessment and Multi – Choice Paper (20 Questions), candidates will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for anyone within the workplace who has a First Aid role.

You will need

Candidates are not required to bring anything with them on this course.

Your skill level

An awareness of CPR protocols would be an advantage.


What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs because the normal electrical rhythm that controls the heart is replaced by a chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF).

An AED delivers a high energy electric shock to a victim in SCA caused by VF to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. AEDs are compact, portable, easy to use and guide the operator through the process with prompts and commands. The AED analyses preciselythe victim’s heart rhythm and will only deliver a shock if it is required.

Are AEDs safe to use?

Modern AEDs are very reliable and will not allow a shock to be given unless it is needed. They are extremely unlikely to do any harm to a person who has collapsed in suspected SCA. They are safe to use and present minimal risk to therescuer. These features make them suitable for use by members of the public with modest (or even no training), and for use in Public Access Defibrillation schemes.

Is it safe to use an AED if the victim is lying on a wet or metal surface?

Yes, it is usually safe to use an AED on a victim who is lying on a metallic, wet or other conductive surface. If the self-adhesive pads are applied correctly, and provided there is no direct contact between the user and the victim when the shock is delivered, there is no direct pathway that electricity can take that would cause the user to experience a shock. If the victim is wet, his/her chest should be dried so that the self-adhesive AED pads will stick properly.

Is it safe to use an AED on a child?

The use of an AED is not recommended in children less than 1 year old but is quite appropriate in older children and teenagers. Standard adult defibrillator pads are suitable for use in children older than 8 years old. In younger children (between 1 and 8 years), special paediatric defibrillator pads should ideally be used.

Is it safe to use an AED on a pregnant woman?

Yes. Fortunately cardiac arrest is rare in women who are pregnant, but if it were to occur it is quite appropriate to use an AED. The procedure is the same as in the non-pregnant but it is important to place the pads clear of enlarged breasts.

Do I need to pay for my training before I do it?

Yes you do, you can pay online when you book your course, or call 0845 872 3411 and pay with a credit card over the phone. Customers with credit terms, please call Training Plus to book your course on 0845 872 3411.

Are there any car parking spaces available?

Yes, there are a lot of FREE car parking spaces available in the area.