Teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AED) within dental practices and GP clinics is extremely important. All dentists, doctors, practice nurses, dental nurses, hygienists and even receptionists should know how to act properly in a medical emergency.
A story that came out this week goes to show the importance of good training. Simon Walker had a heart attack in the waiting room of a dental clinic. It was the receptionist (Charlotte Anderson-Hughs) who was first on scene and with the help of dentist (Chandra Metha) performed CPR and used their defibrillator to restart the man’s heart.
The actions of the dental staff saved Simon’s life. Your CPR training needs to include how to properly use AED’s.
AED’s in the community:
The use of AED’s is becoming more and more common as they are now being installed in more public spaces such as:
· Train stations
· Leisure Centres
· Supermarkets (ASDA will soon install AED’s in all their major stores)
It was recently announced in Scotland that defibrillators will be installed in all NHS dental practices. That means an extra 970 defibrillators in the community. AED’s are even now being placed inside old telephone boxes.
AED locator is a fantastic website that promotes where new AED’s have been installed around the UK. You can use the site to locate where your nearest AED is.
There is now increasing pressure coming from the general public to have AED’s installed in schools due to cases in which children have died. The Department for Education just announced a plan to allow schools to purchase defibrillators at a lower cost.
There is strong evidence to suggest that defibrillation within the first 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest significantly improves the chance of survival from a cardiac arrest. For every minute’s delay in defibrillation the chances of survival for the patient decrease by 10-12%.
That means if you are first on the scene, you have a huge role to play in the survival of the person having a cardiac arrest.
Hands-on AED training:
These figures and information from the Resuscitation Council UK reiterate the importance of early defibrillation and this can only be achieved by easy access to AED’s and high numbers of people trained in their use.
Book onto one of our CPR courses today to ensure you know how to act in an emergency. We have two courses available, one tailored for GP staff, and another for Dental staff. On our CPR courses, we provide hands-on training for AED’s. It gives our students the confidence and knowledge to act in any medical emergency. Also, it makes our courses more interactive. This helps promote critical thinking, communication and coordination of care.