Training of Automatic External Defibrillator Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work courses. Recent revisions made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) mean that in the near future, First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) syllabuses will be modified to include the training of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) within them.

AEDs are an essential piece of equipment that go hand-in-hand with resuscitation. If you consider the following statistics collated by the American Heart Association, they go a long way to illustrate just how important and effective they can be in when it comes to saving lives:

  • Less than 8% of cardiac arrest victims survive without immediate medical assistance
  • Immediate CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival e.g. 15-24%
  • Where CPR and a Defibrillator have been available and used, survival rates have been reported to be as high as 49-74%

For this reason, the HSE have specified that the effective use of AEDs should be included on all workplace first aid courses.  These changes must come into force by December 2016.  Currently, we do discuss the importance of AEDs and their safe use on all of our first aid courses. However, from October 2016, HSF Training Ltd will be incorporating the use of AEDs into our Emergency First Aid at Work, First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work Revalidation course.

This really is a welcomed change in First Aid as more people trained in the use of AEDs will mean the saving of more lives. The AED is a very simple piece of equipment to use that gives verbal step-by-step instructions and will only operate if actually required in a cardiac arrest situation. Having this training on the amended syllabus will give many, many more people the confidence to use the AEDs that are becoming more widely available in the public domain and therefore the additional skills to save more lives.

We currently have a number of First Aid courses scheduled this autumn. All courses will include AED training. First Aid at Work on 14th – 16th September £170 +VAT. Emergency First Aid 29th September £60 + VAT. First Aid at Work Revalidation 11th + 12th £115 + VAT. All costs include course materials, a light lunch each day and successful delegates will receive a HSF Training Ltd certificate. To find out more information take a look at our website  or email