A level, BTEC and Future Medic students successfully completed the BLS and AED Award this week as part of their SJR Extra programme.
Most workplaces now have Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to help in cases of a sudden cardiac arrest. The AED helps to re-establish the heart’s regular rhythm via an electrical shock. This can help save a life before paramedics arrive. Approximately 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the UK. Survival rates vary between 2% and 12%. But, with a quick response and effective use of an AED this rate can rise to approximately 75%.
This course provides foundation knowledge and practical skills to assist in the emergency situation of sudden collapse or Cardiac Arrest. It provides candidates with confidence and knowledge to deal with life threatening situations. This course is suitable for anyone who is willing to volunteer or take a first aider role within their workplace or community. No prior first aid experience is needed but would be helpful. Candidates should have a positive attitude, be responsible, have an aptitude to help, be able to think clearly in times of need, be willing and able to learn new skills, be physically able to deal with demanding emergency situations and have good communication skills.