Combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest
CHAIN OF SURVIVAL
• Call 911
Early Advance Life Support
MEDICAL EMERGENCY DRILL AED/CPR USE
This drill is designed for non medical personnel to practice emergency response procedures and
to evaluate and improve upon the effectiveness of those procedures.
A recent Public Access Defibrillation clinical study conducted by the National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute concluded that trained laypersons can use AEDs safely and effectively. The
study resulted in twice as many people survived out-of-hospital cardiac arrest when an AED &
CPR were used over CPR alone.
Participants in this study had effective response plans that included “mock cardiac arrests”.
In 2004, The AHA’s Publication – The Emergency Response Plan for Schools, emphasized
routine AED practice drills and evaluations. Considering the importance and effectiveness of
fire drills, a situation most anyone can relate to; the need for routine practice of rescuing a
sudden cardiac arrest patient, a life or death situation, is a logical conclusion.
AED drills should be established by your AED coordinator and include your Building
Emergency Response Team and/or Identified First Responders. Although the main components
for AED drills are standard, each building is unique and therefore drills should be tailored to
meet the needs of your building and staff.
For further assistance on AED Drills please log on to www.aeddrill.com.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY DRILL CONTENTS:
• Manikin with clothing
• AED Training Unit
• Stop watch
• Inform main office of impending drill
• Simulate 911 call only. Do not call 911 unless prearranged with your 911 system
• Have participants state “Participating in an AED Drill” to non-participants.
• Manikins must be thoroughly cleaned for rescue breathing
• The AED coordinator s