Mistakes You Might Be Making
Here are 10 Mistakes made by AED Managers and what you should do instead:
- Thinking of your AED program as a short-term project.
When implementing your AED program, you must think long-term. Saving a collapsed victim takes minutes, but those few minutes require months of preparation and a long-term mindset.
- Too much focus on the AED unit and not enough on training.
No matter what AED unit you choose, it is only as good as those who are trained to use it. Educate your staff and they will be able to handle any emergency that comes their way.
- Ignore the need for proper CPR.
Be sure all of your rescuers are able to provide high quality CPR. AEDs do not replace CPR, they enhance it.
- Spend too much time on the HOW; not enough on the WHY.
It’s certainly important to train rescuers what to do and how to do it, but if they know whythey are doing it, they’re more apt to remember. Be sure your instructors take the time to explain WHY CPR is still necessary even when an AED unit is available.
- Fail to schedule and track training for your rescuers.
Once the initial set up and training is complete, it is imperative to keep records of when each person is trained – and when they need to update their credentials. Make sure you always have enough properly trained people on site.
- Purchase an AED from a “single product” company.
Some companies who sell only AED units have gone out of business. Choose a reputable company that sells a variety of medical devices and has a proven track record.
- Fail to train everyone to recognize Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
The best practice is to make sure everyone at your facility is trained in CPR and the use of an AED. That may not be possible, so at the very least, make sure everyone knows and understands how to recognize someone in distress and what to do next.
- Ignore the cost of maintaining your AED unit.
Remember to plan for the cost of keeping the equipment in good working order. You’ll need to replace electrode pads and batteries on a regular basis. Make sure you appoint someone to handle the logistics of keeping each unit up to date.
- Failure to consider the need for rescue accessories.
Having the AED is one thing, but making sure you have a kit of other necessary supplies is important too. Scissors for cutting off clothing, protective gloves, and a barrier mask are just a few of the things you should have on hand.
- Lack of psychological support for those who experience an attempted rescue.
In a perfect world, you won’t ever need to use your AED, but it’s comforting to know it’s available. What if you do need it, though? How will that experience affect the people in your organization? Have a plan that offers emotional and psychological support to all employees after a rescue event has taken place.
The very best way to avoid these pitfalls is to be prepared and educated.
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