Should nurses use an automated external defibrillator without training? What do you think?
AEDs are straightforward to use.
One study of their use at the three Chicago Airports showed that the best results were achieved when the machine was operated by someone who had no prior training.
Safe operation of an AED require people to use their common sense and follow the instructions.
Although procedures should be in place to ensure that nurses receive AED training, in the event of no prior training, nurses should be encouraged to use the AED if necessary.
Phil Jevon is Resuscitation Officer/Clinical Skills Lead, Manor Hospital, Walsall.