11/09/2009 - Lifeforce Marine AED - Simple to Use for Untrained Crew
While defibrillator training is desirable, it is by no means essential and concern about the cost and logistics of providing it to all your crews should not deter you from equipping your vessels with an AED. The Resuscitation Council (UK) has actually stated that the use of AEDs should not be restricted to trained personnel (see our related blog article to find out more on this topic and give your opinion).
The Lifeforce® automated external defibrillator was designed specifically to be easy and unintimidating to use, making it ideal for use by untrained personnel to save the life of a fellow crew member from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
The ease of use has been proven in an independent study by the University of Illinois against 4 other leading AEDs. The study concluded that the Lifeforce® family of AEDs is the simplest and most successful to use in the world.
The unit gives clear verbal and visual instructions that make it easy for crew to follow each individual step required. With just 2 large brightly lit buttons which the crew will be prompted to press when required and inbuilt safety features that make it impossible to give a shock unless the patient requires it to save their life, the Lifeforce® Marine AED makes the potentially daunting prospect of providing defibrillation simple.
In addition, the fact that the Lifeforce® AED is the world’s first and only specialist marine Type Approved AED, designed to operate with total reliability in the hostile marine environment, with no maintenance means that you can be confident that it will work when you need it most.
No other AED has been designed and tested to prove reliability in accordance with the stringent requirements of marine Type Approval testing in relation to electromagnetic compatibility, humidity, pressure, radio frequency interference, saline mist, temperature and vibration.
Protect Your Crew Now, Hone Their Skills Later
A growing number of forward thinking innovative companies have already invested in the Lifeforce® Marine AED on-board their ships, giving their crews the reassurance that in the event of one of them suffering SCA while at sea, they have a chance of survival.
We appreciate that you may want to put defibrillators on your ships but feel that the costs involved in equipping all your vessels and then training your entire crew makes the whole process seem too expensive.
As the statement from the Resuscitation Council (UK) in our related blog article clearly shows, even though training is desirable it is not essential in order for your crew to use the defibrillator effectively. This means that you can equip your ships with an AED so that they have the means to treat a sudden cardiac arrest victim, then training can be provided at a later date when your budget allows. A defibrillator in an untrained hand is still an effective lifesaver while not having a defibrillator on-board your ships means your crews’ chances of surviving SCA are zero.
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