AED Training to be compulsory for FAW and EFAW Courses

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Training on Defibrillators to be included on the EFAW and FAW Syllabus
Following last years Resuscitation Council UK guidelines update which placed even greater emphasis on the use of Defibrillators during Sudden Cardiac Arrest then HSE have revised their syllabus for both Emergency First Aid and First Aid at Work syllabuses. The revision requires all workplace first aiders to be trained in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the 31 December 2016, as the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines now state that the management of a casualty requiring CPR is to request an AED.

It is sensible to ensure that EFAW and FAW first aiders are trained in AED use as they are now available within many workplaces and public spaces.  There is good evidence that the early use of an AED has a far more beneficial outcome for the casualty than if that intervention is delayed.
For employers this does not mean you have to purchase a defibrillator for your workplace as the requirement for a defibrillator is still dependent on your needs assessment.  Neither do you have to retrain all your existing first aiders as they will be updated in this skill when they requalify.

For those who deliver EFAW and FAW training the change means that you should ensure that students are trained and assessed on how to use an AED from the 31 December 2016 within the existing timeframe allowed for the delivery of either EFAW or FAW training.  HSE has no objection if training providers wish to adopt this change before the 31 December or deliver either course over a longer timescale than the 6 or 18 contact hours currently allocated.

Please contact Worksafe if you are an instructor that requires an update in AED training in order for you to include this in your EFAW & FAW training sessions.

AED Presentations & Lesson plans are all available for download in the Instructor resources area on the WorkSafe website.  Updated EFAW and FAW lesson plans and presentations will follow in the near future.