AED & CPR Training Plan
AEDs and rescue equipment are only as effective as the people trained
to use them.
Quality training and continued responder practice are essential to AED program success.
At a minimum, an AED program training plan should address the following:
- Selection of responders
- Initial Training
- Recurring Training
Selection of Responders
AED program responders come from all walks of life, and do not necessarily require
any particular background. At a minimum, responders should
have a desire to help others. Responders should be able-bodied, and capable of physically performing the
skills of CPR.
Carefully consider your Site Survey, and select individuals that are likely to be
regularly present and able to respond when an emergency arises. Consider all hours
of operation of your organization, and different "shifts" of people that may be
present. Some organizations require multiple groups of responders to be trained.
Most organizations conduct a training program for AED responders that teaches Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) and AED use. Additional modules, such as infant/child CPR, and
First Aid may be considered, depending on your organization's needs. Completion
of most training programs results in a one or two certification for responders.
Some states require current certification as a condition of AED use.
There are a variety of training options for AED program responders, from a variety
of sources. Most training courses are traditional instructor-led classes that are
conducted at your organization. Where this is not practical, some self-guided training
programs may be used. Whenever possible, responders should have the opportunity
to practice the use of the exact AED model owned by their organization.
Although a variety of organizations purport to offer CPR and AED training programs,
American Heart Association training programs are widely regarded at the "gold standard"
of emergency care training. The American Heart Association is the scientific body
that routinely reviews the science of resuscitation and sets the generally accepted
professional standards for emergency cardiovascular care in the United States. Their
training programs closely follow these guidelines and reflect the latest in resuscitation
science. AED Direct is proud to offer only offers genuine American Heart Association
training programs to clients.
Studies have shown that resuscitation skills decline precipitously in as little
as six months. As with any skill, practice makes perfect. It is essential that responders
practice skills regularly to remain proficient, and confident in their skills. At
a minimum, responders should repeat (or re-certify) their training every one to
two years as recommended by the training organization. Additionally, periodic skill
refreshers, or response "drills" are an effective way to keep responder skills sharp.