When the heart stops, for every minute that passes until a defibrillator is engaged, there is a 10% reduction in the chance of survival. Someone who has been trained in the use of a defibrillator is able to engage that tool significantly faster.
While it is not necessary to have training to use a defibrillator, the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations states that where an employer introduces new machinary into the workplace that they should provide training in its us. And under the HSE's first aid advisory paper L74, they too suggest that employers should provide training in the use of a defibrillator. And this is a defibrillator certificate & bls certification that the HSE recognise.
More recently the syllabus for first aid courses now includes 'an introduction to defibrillators'. This is not as thorough as this course
This BLS and AED qualification can be added to a first aid course and in that way can be attained in just 2 hours.
Anyone can sit this course. They don't need to be a first aider.
• Responsibilities and reporting
• Assessment of the situation
• Dealing with an unresponsive casualty
• Infection control
• AED functions
• Defibrillation procedures
• Safety measures