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Farnborough College of Technology gets AED and learn how to save a life!

Farnborough College of Technology gets AED and learn how to save a life!

Farnborough College of Technology (FCoT) made the decision to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to place on the wall at the college, in case of a cardiac event within the college. What a great decision, and one which will be sure to save a life one day.

FCoT approached Rushmoor and Surrey Heath Community Responders for advice and assistance on purchasing the AED. We recommended the Ambulance Service approved IPAD AED, supplied by Wel Medical in Aldershot. This is an AED that uses the latest technology and is known to be reliable. After the AED and lockable wall cabinet was purchased, training was arranged for the staff at the college.

On Friday 9th September, one of our Community First Responders from the Farnborough team, Robin, attended the college and run three training sessions on how to use the AED and how to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). 

Although all of the staff at the college undertook the training on how to use the AED, this was more to raise their confidence on how to use the device, as you don't actually have to have training to use an AED. An AED is designed to be used by anybody, yes...that means you too! The device has instructions on how to turn it on and once it is on, it tells you exactly what to do in a clear voice, so you have nothing to worry about. The device will also ensure that you CANNOT shock anybody that does not need to be shocked. It really is more simple than you think, come to one of our free BLS/AED training sessions and have a go if you don't believe me!

It was clear that the team at Farnborough College of Technology thoroughly enjoyed the training and the feedback was great. They can now rest assured that they know what to do in the event of somebody suffering a Cardiac Arrest on the college site or nearby.

It has been reported that survival rates in excess of 50% have been found when bystanders perform CPR and use an AED before the Ambulance Service arrives. This just shows how important and vital the AED could be in the future.

In the UK fewer than 10% of all the people in whom a resuscitation attempt is made outside hospital survive. Improving this figure is a major priority for the RC (UK), the Department of Health, ambulance services and voluntary aid organisations.

When all the stages in the Chain of Survival take place promptly, the figures are very much better. This is possible where the arrest is recognised immediately, bystanders perform CPR, and an automated defibrillator is used before the ambulance service arrive. Survival rates in excess of 50% have been reported under these circumstances.

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The AED will be registered with South East Coast Ambulance Service, so that if anybody within the college or very nearby was to phone 999 and report a Cardiac Arrest, they would be directed to the cabinet within the college that holds the AED.

This is a great step for the college and one which many organisations be taking, regardless of how many employees or students they have. It is important to understand that although there is what seems to be a large cost up-front for the AED, if it saves just one life, it is worth every single penny, would you not agree? The new iPAD AED also comes with a 10 year warranty, so how can you go wrong?

If you or your organisation would like assistance purchasing a quality AED for your community or organisation, we would be more than happy to assist you with this. And although you don't need training to use an AED, we will also do our best to train you and your staff how to use the AED for a small donation to our charity, so you can have a practice on a training device, so you can feel more confident in the event of having to use it in a real scenario. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like some help, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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