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All about: Training to use a Zoll AED

The Zoll automated emergency defibrillator is designed for user-friendly simplicity in stressful situations. It is meant to save lives even if there are no trained rescuers in the vicinity. It represents complex technology with a very simple function. The point of this defibrillator is not merely to deliver a shock, but to provide the rescuers with assistance in saving lives.

What is the Zoll AED Plus?

AED is the abbreviation for automated external defibrillator. The Zoll AED is not just a functional defibrillator; it is designed for easy use by people who may not frequently be placed in rescue situations where using a defibrillator would be necessary. It provides specific, simple instructions on the administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation as well as in the uses and the functions of the AED itself. It also provides feedback to the rescuer on the effectiveness of their efforts via visual and auditory prompts.

Training devices for the AED Plus

Training to use the Zoll AED Plus is made simple with the Zoll AED Plus Trainer2 which is a model designed to be used for training, and not for clinical use. The training AED comes with a remote control that can be used by the instructor to program the AED Plus Trainer2 with several rescue scenarios. There are five pre-programmed scenarios from which the person can choose, or the instructor can opt to create his or her own scenario. The remote control allows the lesson to be paused and resumed for the purpose of explaining and teaching. It is also possible to control multiple training units with one remote control.

Key points in training

The first lesson using the AED trainer will be based on how to set the AED unit up and ensure that it is ready for use. Other areas covered in the training will include the prompts given by the AED Plus and the use of the various features such as the CPR metronome. The metronome sets the pace at which the chest compressions are to be administered. The prompts provide information like compression depth and a count of the shocks that have been administered so far. The point of the training is to ensure that users fully understand what to expect when using the unit in a rescue situation, and that they are fully able to use the features it has to offer.

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