AED sign design has changed to make them clearer and encourage more people to use an AED. Not only has the sign changed but the UK Resuscitation Council and the British Heart Foundation, have produced a poster to go along with the new design.
The new AED sign makes the following changes to the current one:
- It changes the lightning bolt icon into a stylised ECG heart trace – respondents overwhelmingly said they would be more likely to use a sign with this icon on.
- The description is changed to “Defibrillator – Heart Restarter” – respondents said they thought this term would most encourage them to use the device.
- A supine person was added, showing the suggested placement of the defibrillator pads, to reinforce (by way of a strong visual cue) how the device should be used.
The supporting information poster was reviewed by experts and is consistent with the 2015 Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines. It reinforces the following key messages about PAD and the use of an AED:
- Anyone can use an AED – you do not need prior medical or first-aid training
- It is easy to use – just follow its instructions
- It is for use on an unconscious person not breathing normally
You can download copies of the signs in PDF and JPEG at www.resus.org.uk/defibrillators/standard-sign-for-aeds For details of video online AED and other training call ProTrainings on 01206 805359 or visit www.protrainings.uk