Friday, July 17, 2009

AED - First Aid Training

On Thursday, Aiko and I went down to the Kamogawa Fire Station for a First Aid course, incorporating the use of an AED organized by Masao Ueda, a guy who has a lot to do with SURFRIDER FOUNDATION (Japanese chapter) and local enviromental issues.

An Automated External Defibrillator is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. (wikipedia)

AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layman in conjunction with CPR and as it turned out they were. I had seen one once before, more than 10 years ago, during my Surf Life Saving days, but it was great to have a refresher course and catch up on all the CPR advancements as well. So I now feel confident again to apply my knowledge if called upon.

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