Do You Need Training to Use an AED?

AEDs are simple to use life saving devices. But training to use your AED makes the task of saving a life much less stressful and potentially faster. The time it takes to use an AED has a significant impact on survivability from Cardiac Arrest.

Do You Need Training to Use an AED?

Who Should be Trained to Use an AED?

Anyone who could be a responder when someone has a cardiac arrest should be trained. Any CPR course taught in Canada now includes basic use of an AED as part of the training. For workplace First Aid Attendants, AED training is part of the First Aid Certification course. But saving a life is a life-skill that we should all have.

While some certification courses have minimum age requirements, MediQuest Instructors have trained children as young as 10 years how to perform CPR and use an AED.

What Training Should Be Taken?

The level of training to be taken may be determined by a workplace requirement or other organization commitment. Many non-profit or volunteer organizations may also have training standards they maintain.

The basic level of training should include both CPR for adults, children and infants, as well as the use of an AED.

For a workplace or organization that has responsibility for an AED, responders or other staff should be trained not only in the use of the AED, but also in the basic inspection to ensure the AED remains in a Ready-To-Rescue state. This training can be very device specific, so we always recommend that our customers receive training on the same make and model of AED they have in their facility.

Do AED Users Need to Be Certified?

Certification is not a requirement to use an AED. However, certification may be a workplace or organization requirement. Using an AED is considered a First Aid procedure so in Canada users are considered to be Good Samaritans.

What Training Can MediQuest Provide?

MediQuest can provide a wide variety of AED, CPR and First Aid training based on our customer’s need including:

  • Basic CPR and AED – Certified training to respond to adult, child and infant emergencies – This is typically 3 to 4 hours of training
  • AED Orientation and CPR review – This is a 1 to 2 hour session covering the specific make and model of AED use and basic maintenance and includes a basic emergency response plan and CPR review.
  • Emergency/Standard First Aid including AED – A one or two day Red Cross training course recognized across Canada with 3-year certification.
  • Occupational First Aid – Level 1, 2 and 3 –WorkSafe BC training courses that are required based on the number of employees, business hazard rating and distance from a hospital. Level 1 is 8-hours, Level 2 is 36-hours and Level 3 is 70-hours. Certification is for 3-years.
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