What is an automated external defibrillator (AED)?
An AED is a small, portable device designed to deliver a controlled electrical shock to a person experiencing cardiac arrest or arrhythmia. Installed at key locations on site, it can enhance the first aid capabilities and response of organisations, sporting clubs and community associations.
AEDs have been designed to be used by the general public without any formal training, and are equipped with electronic verbal and visual instructions to guide the operator in the event of an emergency.
To be properly effective, AEDs must be used in conjunction with CPR.
How to choose an AED
Below are some considerations that may assist in deciding what AED is right for your business. Ensure your chosen defibrillator:
- meets your site requirements (eg storage cabinets available, security or anti-theft features, portable storage cases available for large sites or a workforce on the move)
- is easy to use, includes training for AED use and maintenance
- has a warranty period and maintenance process that suits your business
- suits your budget – has a low cost of ownership
Defibrillator installation and training
After purchasing an AED, it is important to consider the following factors.
- Nominate an easily accessible location specific to your site, for example, first aid station, site office, lunchroom, or muster point. The best AED is the one that is closest to a person suffering a cardiac arrest, so the location of the device is critical.
- The defibrillator must be visible to anyone on site, and readily accessible within 1-3 minutes in the case of a real life event. If you are installing an AED at a permanent location such as your depot or head office, you can also register the location of your AED with St John’s Ambulance National AED register, so that others in the local area can potentially locate your defibrillator in the case of an emergency.
- Install accepted green AED signage to where the AED is located at your site.
- Batteries and electrode pads must always be inserted and ready to use.
- Awareness is key: communicate to staff about AED location, procedures, and provide training for CPR and AED use. Always ensure first aid qualifications of workers are up to date.
- Ensure the unit is regularly monitored and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Appoint a responsible person to take responsibility for the defibrillator.
About the Heartsine Samaritan AED
Easy to use
Voice & visual prompts
8 year warranty
Rugged IP56 rated case
The Heartsine Samaritan 360P is a fully automatic defibrillator designed to analyse heart rhythm and automatically deliver an electrical shock if needed. It offers simple, straightforward operation with just one on/off button, combined with auto prompts to assist the rescuer.
It provides real-time CPR coaching with easy to understand visual and voice prompts to guide the rescuer through the entire resuscitation process, including CPR – a key link in the chain of survival.
The unit consists of a defibrillator in carrying case with adult Pad-Pak (combination electrode & battery pack) and full 8-year warranty. It has a very simple maintenance program which involves replacing the Pad-Pak every 4 years.
The Heartsine Samaritan AED offers unmatched ruggedness with its high IP56 rating, making it ideal for challenging work sites. Weighing only 1.1kg, it is a compact unit that is a key addition to your site’s first aid and emergency response program.
With a range of accessories available including wall mount brackets and hard carry case, plus signage available from Jaybro, the Heartsine Samaritan is also one of the few approved models chosen for the NSW Government Office of Sport’s community AED grant program.
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Disclaimer: This information is provided as an introductory guide only and does not constitute professional advice. Ensure you make your own independent enquiries before deciding if a particular product is right for you. Consult the regulations and standards applicable to your area and check with your workplace health and safety representative for further information. Jaybro does not warrant the accuracy, content, completeness or suitability of the information on this site (or any site owned by the Jaybro Group) for your individual purposes.