Adopt an AED

09 December, 2019 / infocus

Did you know only one in 12 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?

Since 2015, it has become a legal requirement for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in every dental clinic throughout the UK. The problem is, there are few, if any, AEDs registered correctly and some practices don’t even have one.

Other practices don’t even have the correct type of AED for the purpose they are required for. Dentists remain sceptical about AEDs due to the sheer lack of awareness and training offered when purchasing or the lack of accessories and after-care that comes with them.

Adopt An AED has been established to counter these problems. The initiative’s aim is to help to reduce response times for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, increasing the rate of survival for the patient. Adopt An AED helps the community become part of the first response process.

Adopt An AED is simple: Adopt, Register and Respond.

It is vital to ensure your AED is FDA approved, meaning the AED can deliver a shock in under 10 seconds. Not ensuring your AED is FDA approved could cost someone’s life based on the recommendation by device maker Phillips that it is more beneficial to deliver a shock within three minutes of the person collapsing.

Adopt An AED only provides Phillips AEDs; the HS1 which is the only AED in the world which requires no medical prescription. The HS1 is also the world’s first ‘idiot-proof’ AED and can be used by anyone, including children.

Adopt An AED has created appropriate packages for local SME businesses, homes, organisations and the community that can be adapted to suit. Adopt An AED works closely with a first aid business called First2Train to provide SQA/OFQUAL accredited FAA First Aid, CPR and AED courses with every AED purchased.

So, for every AED purchased a free accredited CPR and AED course will be given to the owner. Adopt an AED has ensured that these courses comply with the requirements of CPD for dentists and offers assistance to register the device with the correct database that can use the AED in a time of need.

A spokesperson said: “Imagine if someone in your family had collapsed from a cardiac arrest. Would you want someone there quickly to start CPR and deliver a shock to help them survive? Wouldn’t you want your loved one to have the greatest chance of survival?

“When someone is in a cardiac arrest, for every minute that passes their chances of survival decreases by 10 per cent. Adopt An AED promotes building partnerships in the community to help one another. Become part of the process and help save a life.”

Adopt an AED today by visiting to see how you can help your community

Tags: AED / Automated external defibrillators / law / live saving

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