On Site Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training in the UK is designed to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary in emergency situations. The course generally covers the following key areas:
- Understanding Defibrillation: An introduction to the role and function of an AED, including what defibrillation is, when it's necessary, and the impact it can have on a cardiac arrest patient's survival rate.
- The Chain of Survival: Explanation of the chain of survival, a series of actions that, when performed in sequence, increase the likelihood of survival following cardiac arrest.
- Recognition of Cardiac Arrest: Learning the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest to identify when an AED might be necessary.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): In-depth training on performing high-quality CPR, as this is often a necessary precursor to using an AED.
- Safe AED Use: Understanding the safe operation of AEDs, including where to place the pads, the importance of clear space while the device is analysing or delivering a shock, and any necessary precautions for safe use.
- AED Operation: Detailed instruction on how to operate an AED, typically involving hands-on practice with a training unit.
- After Use of an AED: Discussing what should be done after an AED is used, including the continuation of CPR, monitoring the patient, and reporting the use of the AED.
- Regular Maintenance and Checks: Guidance on the regular maintenance and checks that should be performed to ensure the AED is in working order when needed.