HeartSaver AED Course

The Heartsaver AED Course provides the learners with knowledge in the basic techniques of adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an AED. Phoenix STS is an Irish Heart Foundation affiliated training site

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    HeartSaver AED Course

    HeartSaver AED Course | ZOLL AED 3 | HeartSaver CPR Course

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    The HeartSaver AED Course will equip you with the skills necessary to respond to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The course is video-based and recognised by the Irish Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association. The HeartSaver AED Course teaches skills with the American Heart Association’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching technique.

    This training technique allows instructors to observe the learners, provide feedback, and guide them on the skills they have acquired. By the end of the course, the learner will have completed numerous cycles of CPR while using an AED.

    The Heartsaver AED Course is designed this way so that the learner can feel more comfortable and confident if ever asked to carry out the skills in real life. Phoenix STS is registered with the Irish Heart Foundation as an approved training site.

    We train with the ZOLL AED 3 trainer to give you real-life training….. We also offer Public HeartSaver AED Training Courses in our training centre in Longford.

    The training course can also be completed by blended learning.

    If you have any injuries or medical issues that you may be concerned about, please discuss them with the course coordinator before attending the course, as you will be required to complete all elements, including the practical skills assessments, to receive a course completion card.

    Course Aims

    • The aim of the course is to provide the learner with the relevant knowledge and skills to deliver life-saving techniques in an emergency related to sudden cardiac arrest
    • Course Objectives
    • To understand the principles of CPR
    • To effectively deliver a two-minute cycle of CPR
    • To safely and effectively use an AED
    • To assist with a person who is choking

    Who Should Attend This Course?

    • People who want to learn CPR and AED but who may need the skills through employment or volunteering roles which they may partake. e.g. sports coaches, teachers and parents
    • The course is also suitable for healthcare staff such as nurses and healthcare assistants working in residential care settings

    Pre-Course Requirements

    • English is the language in which training is delivered and learners must have fluency in English
    • Learners should be physically fit to carry out chest compressions on a mannequin when kneeling
    • Please let us know if learners have any specific learner requirements

    Course Programme

    • Adult Chest Compressions
    • Adult Breaths
    • Adult Pocket Face Mask and other barriers
    • Adult Defibrillation
    • Adult Practice
    • Child CPR/AED Full
    • Infant CPR/AED Full
    • Adult Choking
    • Child Choking
    • Infant Choking

    Our Tutors

    All our tutors hold a minimum QQI Level 8 in their subject matter, a Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher and experienced CPR and AED instructors

    Training Methods

    The course is facilitated by an instructor who will guide you through the course with an interactive DVD that allows you to Practice-While-Watching or with blended learning


    • During the course learners will be continually assessed by the instructor. In the final assessment, learners will be presented with a complete CPR & AED scenario which they must respond to. The learner must complete all necessary steps to complete the course successfully


    • Upon successfully completing the Heartsaver AED Course, learners will receive an Irish Heart Foundation/American Heart Association Certification (Recognised Internationally)
    • The certificate will be valid for two (2) years
    • Maximum Number of Learners
    • As the Heartsaver AED Course is predominantly skill-based, it is limited to 6 learners


    With a maximum of 6 learners, the course duration is approximately 3 to 4 hours

    • How long is an AED course?

      The Heartsaver AED course generally takes between 3 and 4 hours.

    • How often is AED training required?

      AED must be refreshed every 2 years in order to remain valid.

    • Do AEDs always work?

      AEDs start their work by analyzing the electrical rhythm of the patient’s heart. If the patient’s condition is considered to be “non-shockable” the AED will not recommend a shock. The fact that some patients cannot be helped with a shock is an inherent limitation to the AEDs effectiveness.

    • Will an AED shock a stopped heart?

      If it is, a recorded voice prompts the rescuer to press the shock button on the AED. This shock momentarily stuns the heart and stops all activity. AEDs advise a shock only for ventricular fibrillation or another life-threatening condition called pulseless ventricular tachycardia.

    • Why would an AED say no shock advised?

      AEDs will not shock patients who do not require a shock. When a heart is in VF, it is still receiving nerve impulses from the brain. These impulses are simply firing so chaotically that the heart cannot produce a “beat;” it cannot expel enough blood to keep the circulatory system flowing through the body.

    • Can a defibrillator start a stopped heart?

      In simplest terms, defibrillators cannot start a stopped heart. In fact, they work by stopping a heartbeat—a weird, problem heartbeat, that is. A powerful electric shock can actually reset a heart that’s pumping irregularly or too fast, in hopes of resetting the heart to its correct rhythm.

    • Can you use an AED over clothes?

      An AED, which applies an electric shock to a patient suffering cardiac arrest, requires direct contact between the pads and the skin. Any clothing which is in the way must be removed. Once the man explained that he had been cutting through the woman’s clothes in order to use the AED, he was not questioned any further.

    • Do you remove jewelry before using an AED?

      Taking time to remove them will delay giving the first shock. Therefore, do not delay the use of an AED to remove jewellery or body piercings. However, do not place the AED pads directly over metallic jewellery or body piercings. Adjust AED pad placement if necessary

    • Should you remove a transdermal patch before applying AED?

      AED patches should not be placed over a medication patch to prevent accidental thermal burns from the delivered shock. If the AED leads need to be placed where a transdermal patch is located, the patch should be removed and the area cleaned to remove all layers and the residual medication on the skin.

    • Can anyone use an AED without training?

      Operators without formal training have also used AEDs successfully to save lives. Under these circumstances, no inhibitions should be placed on any person willing to use an AED.