On the 13th of October it was reported that this life-saving machine, known as an Automated External Defibrillator were faulty in key public places!

That is pretty scary, considering this machine will give a non-breathing casualty approximately 20% more chance of life, through an ‘Electric Shock’ to the non-beating heart.

What I want to know is; why would you spend over a £1000 on this valuable life-saving equipment and not have it tested and maintained?

The Sun Online reported that there are allegedly, about 2,577 of the Lifepak CR Plus & Lifepak Express Automatic External Defibrillators are defective, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) thought.

An internal component called a ‘Reed Switch’ can become stuck in the closed position, the agency added.

They also urged owners to check the serial number on their AED’s matches on the confirmation sheet received from the manufacturer, or the alert on its website.

Did you know that FIFA made it mandatory for First Aiders to carry an AED Machine in their rucksacks, due to the footballer Fabrice Muamba’s collapse on a pitch in White Hart Lane in early 2012? He had stopped breathing for more than 5 minutes before CPR was administered, which saved his life.

I am sure some of you still do not know what an AED Machine is exactly, so I will recap for everyone to refresh us.

AED machines will one day be part of all of our lives, just as First Aid has become.

If someone suffers a Heart Attack or a Cardiac Arrest, they will definitely benefit from CPR, accompanied by a functioning AED (if they have stopped breathing).

The difference between these two emergency medical situations is that basically: –

Heart Attack = Plumbing of the Heart, a blockage in the artery to the heart, causing it to stop beating.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest = Electrical fault in the heart, causing it to wobble or quiver in the chest, essentially causing it to fail working.

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is essential for a person whose heart has stopped working, because once our heart stops beating, blood is unable to carry the valuable Oxygen around the body, via Red Blood Cells, which it needs to be able to survive.

Having access to an AED gives the casualty a better chance of survival, because it is simply a massive electric shock in order either kick-start the Heart or Re-boot the Heart into beating again, so that it can pump the blood regularly and efficiently.


Nowadays, more people are aware of what an AED is and when it is used.

Many First Aiders also have seen or have access to an AED, whether it is in the workplace or a public area, such as an Airport, Shopping Malls, and hotel, Schools, Restaurants and Stadiums.

In Norway, AED Machines are found in all public places as a legal requirement.

How to use an AED is very easy to learn, but you must be a First Aider, with an up-to-date First Aid Certificate (EFAW) to take this class.

You will be refreshed on the heart, heart conditions and a review of the Primary & Secondary Survey, as well as practising CPR.

You will be shown how to operate an AED Machine and where to place the pads on the chest of the casualty, with emphasis on safety & speed.

I hope that the government will vote to ensure that AED’s are checked regularly, because it would be pretty scandalous if a faulty one found its way into parliament and an unsuspecting member who has a heart attack, dies through faulty Health & Safety equipment.

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