Automatic External Defibrillator - AED Level 2 (VTQ)

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This is the Philips HS1 AED unit and it's very similar to other AED units but it's got some key differences. Now, this particular one here is a training unit but is exactly the same as the real unit. So what you got is the standard outside, on the back you have a battery compartment, this is where the battery would go, you make sure the battery is fitted in there. Also, batteries will only last so long so look for the expiry dates on the battery. Down here is all the conformity details, so you have got the information about the unit itself. On the front, you have an on-off button, a shock button but also an information button. So this button will tell you how the shocks have been delivered and other information and it gives it to you as an audio command.

The unit itself, the key part is this bit here for the pads. It's a little bit different from some of the others because of the format of it, but what you do with this is you literally pull down the handle, which will take the cover off and then from there you can just remove the pads. This will cut on the real unit, which will come off straight away then you just pull the pads out and apply them onto the patient. So the way these work is you literally just peel them back off, you can see there's the main pad itself that goes straight onto the patient's chest. On the pads themselves you have got pictures of exactly where it goes, so each one there, so literally one at the top. Exactly the same as any other AED unit.

Now, when you have used this unit and you need to change, you change the entire cartridge. There's a little button on top, you pull it, the whole cartridge comes away and then you would just put a brand new cartridge back in, just slip it in there, flip it in place and then the unit for the new pads are in. On the side to infrared pull for taking data off of the unit, that just allows if you want to take the data from when you have used it to help the hospital and the patient's recovery but that's pretty much it. It's quite a straightforward unit, there is quite a lot these around, so this is the Philips HS1.

So that was the live unit. It's worth talking about the training unit while we have it here. The training unit itself works slightly different because, inside the back, you just put some batteries. And you could have changed the standard batteries and these pads are what are the training ones and identify those training ones, but you also get a remote control with it. So the remote control is how you would tell of the AED unit that the students got the pads on okay. So if you push the A button, that goes into analysing mode, so therefore it will go on, so the pads are on. Once you see that the pads are on correctly, you push the A button and the B button will revert it back to the start. So if there is any problem you can revert it back to before the analysing cycle. So if someone didn't put the pads on the right way or something like that you could hit the B button or take some pads off, you can hit that and it's sorted out. So as a training unit, they are usually marked clearly, the case that this comes with is clearly marked as training so there is never going to be any issues with getting them mixed up.