Resuscitation and defibrillation training

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that administers an electric shock to the heart in the event of life-threatening cardiac rhythm disturbance. AEDs save lives: resuscitating a heart-attack victim within four minutes with an AED doubles their chances of survival.

In 2012, we taught 17,219 people how to resuscitate and defibrillate using an AED – more than twice as many as in 2011 (8,094). As well as people taught resuscitation and defibrillation under a Heart-safe agreement, this figure also includes attendees of the extended four-hour ‘Resuscitation and defibrillation’ course and the First Aid and Workplace First Aid courses.

The training is provided by experienced Red Cross instructors who have been retrained in accordance with the current guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

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