While automated external defibrillator (AED) training is not necessary for use, even a brief training session can enhance use and improve shock delivery and electrode pad placement, according to research published online April 1 in Resuscitation.
“The most popular method of training in basic life support and AED use remains instructor-led training courses,” Joyce Yeung, MD, of the University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School in Coventry, U.K., and colleagues wrote.
Yeung et al conducted a systematic review to examine various training methods of life support providers—laypersons and healthcare providers—using instructor-led courses to evaluate whether or not alternative training methods could lead to effective skill acquisition, retention and performance while using the AED.
The researchers searched the OVID Medline and identified 172 articles including AED training for review. Of the articles, all were manikin studies.
The authors concluded that AED features can have an impact on usage and said that further research should be conducted to help make the devices more user-friendly for untrained laypersons.
“There is good evidence to support alternative methods of AED training including lay instructors, self-directed learning and brief training,” the authors concluded.