CPD tests passed on site

ProDentalCPD Online Dental Education
ProDentalCPD Online Education on FacebookProDentalCPD Online Education on TwitterProDentalCPD Online Education on LinkedInProDentalCPD Online Education on YouTube

Stay logged in  |  Reset password

You have 0 items in your basket

Automated External Defibrillators

Core CPD

First Uploaded: 30/11/-0001
Last Revision: 22/04/2014
Expiry Date: 21/04/2015
Relevant for: Dentist, Hygienist, Therapist, Dental Nurse, Technician


This article contains guidelines for the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by laypeople, first responders and healthcare professionals responding with an AED outside hospital. These guidelines are appropriate for all types of AED, including those that are fully automatic. 

In the UK approximately 30,000 people sustain cardiac arrest outside hospital and are treated by emergency medical services (EMS) each year. Electrical defibrillation is well established as the only effective therapy for cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT). The scientific evidence to support early defibrillation is overwhelming; the delay from collapse to delivery of the first shock is the single most important determinant of survival. If defibrillation is delivered promptly, survival rates as high as 75% have been reported. The chances of successful defibrillation decline at a rate of about 10% with each minute of delay; basic life support will help to maintain a shockable rhythm but is not a definitive treatment. The Resuscitation Council (UK) recommends strongly a policy of attempting defibrillation with the minimum of delay in victims of VF/VT cardiac arrest.


  • After working through this article you should be able to:
  • understand when to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • discuss the sequence of actions when using an AED
  • recognize appropriate situations for usage of an AED.
  • keep up-to-date in the subject areas, alter their clinical and management practices where applicable and achieve verifiable CPD

View All Our Courses Purchase a Subscription

If you have an account please login to see whether you have access to this module.

1 hours
of verifiable CPD

Our learners rated this module

Rate this articleRate this articleRate this articleRate this articleRate this article

Number of module views: 3625

Like this? Check out...