Defibrillators are complicated to use… ( SORRY THEY ARE NOT)
Defibrillators are NOT complicated to use, all you have to do is switch the machine on and it will guide you through the set up, it will tell you where to place the pads on the body, and how to connect the pads to the machine, and then the machine will analyse the casualty’s heart and decide whether a shock is necessary, nothing complicated there then…
If defibrillators are so complicated to use why are they available in so many public places these days, I bet you have noticed them whilst going about your daily life, you find them in secure cabinets on walls in shopping centres with a keypad to open them, I recently saw an old red telephone box that had been used for one in a sleepy village in the Cotswolds, even found one on the outside of a public house, that did surprise me and did get a smile too.
The Ambulance Service know the whereabouts of all public Defibrillators that have been registered on to the system, they will give you the nearest location and will also give you the code to open the secure container and take it to the person who is having a bad day.
You do NOT have to have medical training to use a defibrillator either, anyone can use one and they are designed to be simple to use.
First aid courses for the workplace have defibrillator training included as standard this meets HSEand UK Resuscitation Council guidelines.
Whilst it is true that a first aider would have the knowledge to give the best possible CPR and YES this would make a greater difference, but if you do absolutely nothing then that person will more than likely be dead or suffer severe disabilities for the rest of their life