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Automatic External Defibrillator’s (AED’s)

An Automatic External Defibrillator is a potentially life saving piece of equipment, they are simple to use and are a small investment against the cost of a life.

We have put together some great value AED packages including on-site professional training.

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Why have one?

Fact - With over 2,000 people dying of a cardiac arrest every week, it is the UK’s biggest killer.

"I was walking down the stairs at work when Sam seemed to miss his footing on the bottom step. We had been talking and now he was quiet. We tried to resuscitate him but it did not work. He was only mid fifties"

Story from First Aid at Work Student


Fact - Statistically 5% of all sudden cardiac arrests (SCAs) will occur in the workplace, that’s equivalent to 100 people every week!

The Good News - With advances in modern technology, Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) have become a small, simple to operate piece of equipment – and they have got more and more cost effective.



• HeartSine PAD 300P Basic Life-Saver System

• 1 PAD Pak™ combined long-term battery & electrode cartridge

• 1 soft carry case, USB port

• User instrcution, quick reference card

• Up to 3 hours AED training for up to 12 staff





• HeartSine PAD 500P Basic Life-Saver System with CPR Advisor

• 1 PAD Pak™ combined long-term battery & electrode cartridge

• 1 soft carry case, USB port

• User instrcution, quick reference card

• Up to 3 hours AED training for up to 12 staff


What is sudden cardiac arrest?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is when someone’s heart suddenly fails to work effectively; a casualty can go from being normal one moment, to seemingly lifeless the next. There are different scales of cardiac arrest. Some cardiac arrests are catastrophic and will stop the heart altogether. Others, while still highly life-threatening, do not stop the heart altogether but put the heart into “fibrillation”, which is an abnormal heart rhythm that will lead to death, unless there is early intervention with an AED.

Because the heart is fibrillating it cannot relax and squeeze blood around the body. While people may believe someone has “dropped dead” there is still a chance that by using an AED the heart rhythm can be returned to normal.

Who is at risk of sudden cardiac arrest?

Fact - Up to 12 apparently fit and healthy young people (14 – 35 year olds) die every week due to SCA. Visit the website of the charity Cry ( and read about their screening programme. 

Fact - There are certain factors that increase your chances of having a SCA such as, age and unhealthy lifestyle.

Some health conditions that increase your risk of sudden cardiac arrest include:

• Previous heart attack

• Coronary artery disease (CAD); risk factors for CAD include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated “bad” cholesterol, family history of heart disease and sedentary lifestyle

• Heart failure from other causes

• Abnormal heart rate or rhythm (arrhythmia) of unknown cause

• Episodes of fainting of unknown cause

More sudden cardiac arrest facts:

• The most common cause of SCA is heart attack (82%)

• Currently every six minutes someone dies from a heart attack. One in three of those before reaching hospital.


What is an AED?

An AED is a piece of equipment designed to diagnose what the heart is actually doing when someone is in cardiac arrest, if it detects fibrillation then it will deliver an electric shock designed to stop the heart and kick start it into a nice normal rhythm. For patients who have a heart in fibrillation (quivering like a jelly) they still have a good chance of survival if an AED is used quickly.

Can I accidentally hurt a casualty with an AED?

No. Most SCA casualties will die if they are not treated immediately. Your actions can only help. AEDs are designed in such a way that they will only shock victims who need to be shocked.

The benefits of having an AED at your workplace

The person that collapses in the work place is most likely to be seen by colleagues, so with an AED on site you can increase your member of staff’s chance of survival by over 60%. For the best chance of survival, a shock to the heart should be delivered within the first 4-6 minutes. The survival rate then goes from 5% to over 65%.

Do I need training to use an AED?

The machine itself is extremely user friendly and will literally talk you through what to do, from where to place the pads, to when to stand back and shock someone. In an emergency situation anyone present should feel able to use an AED and no training is required.

However, the Health and Safety Executive do recommend training for staff that would be using an AED as part of their work commitment. One of the key things we include in our training is Incident Management – how does everyone needed to respond get to the casualty within those vital few minutes?

Familiarity with the AED’s operation, knowledge of CPR and how to manage an incident are factors that add to the speed of response and therefore aid the casualty’s chance of survival.

The most effective way to build these skills is by attending a course such as Whiteleaf’s AED Initial Training 3hr course.

If your workplace has invested in an AED it makes sense to maximise the benefits of that investment and provide training that ensures your colleagues have the confidence and skills required to use it most effectively in an emergency.

Purchasing an AED

If you are considering buying an AED, we recommend the UK-manufactured, HeartSine range. Please click here to view our range of AED’s.

"I fully support organisations purchasing AEDs and giving staff the opportunity to feel confident in their use. As an ex-Paramedic I know what a difference wider availability of AEDs could make. It is such a simple device but it is the only way a bystander can bring a sudden cardiac arrest casualty “back to life”, before an Ambulance arrives, which in a case of a sudden cardiac arrest can often be too late."

Robert Seaman, Whitefleaf Director, ex-Paramedic and Ambulance Service Director

AED Training with Whiteleaf

For organisations who already own an AED we offer great value training to help staff build and maintain confidence in their ability to use one in an emergency.

• CPR & AED Introduction (3 hours)

CPR & AED Refresher (2 hours)

Please email: or call 07930 402 627 for further details