AED use in schools.

AED Use in Schools

I get a number of requests for AED costs and the training required for AEDS.

There is a new guide that has been released by the UK Government for schools and a copy is available from the link below.

A question I get asked is about training provision and how long the training is valid for.

AED’s are simple to use and easy to maintain. There are a number of courses available. On average a course provided should last for three years and it is recommended that staff refresh skills every 6 months by either video or manikin practice. The guide the government has released covers this. It also has a link for skills to purchase a machine from the NHS. Below is a short extract from that document which I think is important.

‘AEDs, as work equipment, are covered by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), and as such this places duties on employers in respect of employee training and the provision of information and instructions in the use of such equipment. However, AEDs are designed to be used by someone without any specific training and by following step-by-step instructions on the AED at the time of use. It should therefore be sufficient for schools to circulate the manufacturer’s instructions to all staff and to provide a short general awareness briefing session in order to meet their statutory obligations. Schools may want to use this opportunity to raise awareness of the AED in school and to promote its use should the need arise.

The awareness briefing may also be incorporated into any wider training on CPR and the chain of survival’.

Any questions or if you want a quick skill update email me at

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs): a guide for maintained schools and academies This is the .gov site.

Automated_external_defibrillators-Nov_2014 This is the PDF document.

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