Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime. But it doesn't have to result in death. If the heart is shocked quickly with a defibrillator, the victim can survive.
Total Hours: 6
Lecture Hours: 3
Field Experience Hours: 3
This course is offered online:
CPR (Adult one-person) through Red Cross or another recognized agency.
Topics covered in this course are:
-Policy, Procedure, Protocol, and Legal Considerations
-Instructor Policy for the AED Training Program
-History of Defibrillation
-Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
-The AED: Description
-The AED: Operation
-Hands on AED Familiarization
-Practise and Evaluation - Case Scenarios
-Review and Questions
-Maintenance and Testing of the AED
-Conclusion - Course Evaluation
Appendix A: Practical Testing Scenarios
Appendix B: Skills Evaluation Sheet
Appendix C: Written Evaluation, Answer Sheet, Answer Key
Appendix D: Suggested Maintenance and Testing Checklist
Appendix E: Transparency Masters
Appendix F: Course Evaluation Form
Appendix G: Waiver of Liability
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
-describe the importance of early defibrillation
-describe the indications and contraindications for the use of an AED
-describe the general anatomy and physiology of the heart
-describe basic cardiac electrophysiology
-demonstrate the various functions of an AED
-describe the policies, procedures, and protocol related to the use of the AED
-describe the safety issues associated with the use of an AED
-describe the use of an AED in the care of patients with special considerations such as pregnancy, pacemakers, trauma, etc.
-demonstrate proper use of an AED during simulated cardiac arrest scenarios
-demonstrate the capability to respond to simulated problems arising during cardiac arrest scenarios including troubleshooting
-describe the role of the medical director and the importance of documentation
-demonstrate basic AED maintenance
Final Exam: 100 %
Percentage of Individual Work:
Other Pertinent Information:
Students must sign the Waiver of Liability on page 67 of the manual in order to complete the program.
Course Offered in Other Programs:
Your own retaining policy will be set by your Medical Director. The Society strongly recommends that graduates attend a review session at least every ninety (90) days. At the expiry of this time period, the candidate can re-certify in one of the three ways:
-Successfully challenge the practical examination
-Attend a 3 to 4 hour review session, and successfully demonstrate all practical skills.
-Take the entire AED Training Module again.
In most provinces, a medical director has to sign a standing order delegating the medical act of defibrillation for participants to be legally permitted to use an automated external defibrillator. It is strongly recommended that the Medical Director be present during testing scenarios and sign the "Skills Evaluation Sheet" for each successful course participant who will be using an AED under his/her orders.
The guidelines taught in this course are in accordance to those recommended by the American Heart Association. If the medical director chooses to deviate from these guidelines, he/she must document those specific changes in the standing order.
Required - NA, Automated External Defibrillation