How Do I Open an AED box?


First Aid Question about AED –

AED automated external defibrillatorI’ve seen AED (Automated External Defibrillator) boxes on walls but they’re all locked.How do I open it to get the AED in an emergency?

Answer –

Once you’ve confirmed your casualty is unresponsive and not breathing,  you must immediately call an ambulance, or ideally get someone else to call 999 or 112 for an ambulance while you start chest compression, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The sooner you start CPR the better the casualty’s chance of survival.

When the 999 / 112 call is made when possible switch to speaker phone, this lets the trained ambulance personnel talk you through what you need to be doing and give you emotional support.

Once the emergency service knows your location, the operator you speak to, will tell you or your helper where the nearest AED is located and how far away it is, they will then give them the key code to unlock the case and enable them to bring the unit to the casualty.

Always remember the Chain of Survival – Early recognition of what’s wrong, early CPR, early Defibrillation and early transfer to professional help.

To learn how to administer CPR and use an AED to help in an emergency please book a course