An evaluation of the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Demonstration

6.4 Capability of staff within the organisation to follow procedures

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The ability of staff within an organisation to respond to an emergency situation requiring the use of an AED depends upon both trained and untrained staff to know of its existence and to follow emergency response procedures. Notification of involvement in the Pad Demonstration was explored with both managers and staff.

6.4.1 Awareness of AED throughout organisation
6.4.2 Staff awareness of the AED

6.4.1 Awareness of AED throughout organisation

Awareness of the installation of the AED was fairly widespread throughout the host organisations included in the survey. Overall, 85% of managers indicated that untrained staff members were aware that an AED was installed (Figure 12).

More specifically (Figure 13):
  • Three in five (62%) managers indicated that all or most staff had access to the publications and brochures about the AED – 17% of managers indicated that no staff had access
  • Half of the managers (50%) indicated that all or most staff were provided with a letter notifying of the AED implementation – 24% of managers indicated that no staff were sent a letter and
  • One in five (20%) managers indicated that all or most staff watched the St John 'Surviving Cardiac Arrest' DVD – 34% of managers indicated that no staff had watched the DVD and 6% indicated that it wasn't provided.
Awareness of the installation of the AED was fairly widespread throughout host organisations, with 85% of managers reporting that untrained staff were aware of the AED. However, room for improvement was indicated (only 50% of managers indicated that staff had received written notification and only 34% had shown untrained staff the St John DVD).

Figure 12: Awareness of an AED on-site by untrained staff

Q21. Are untrained staff aware that there is an AED at your organisation?

Figure 12: Awareness of an AED on-site by untrained staff

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Figure 13: Awareness of AED implementation materials by staff

Q18. I am going to read out a list of materials that may have been provided to your organisation, would you say that all, most, some, a few or none of the staff throughout the organisation …?

Figure 13: Awareness of AED implementation materials by staff
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6.4.2 Staff awareness of the AED

The self reported level of awareness of the implementation of the AED by staff was similar to that reported by managers (Figure 14).

In general, the staff who had seen the publications/brochures, the letter and the DVD were favourable in their assessment (Figure 15):
  • Three in four (74%) who had seen the publications/brochures about the AED rated it excellent or very good
  • Almost three in five (57%) who had received a letter notifying them of the AED implementation rated it excellent or very good (4% - 1 staff member) rated it poor and
  • Three in four (75%) who saw the St John 'Surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest' DVD rated it excellent or very good.

Figure 14: Awareness of AED implementation materials by staff

Q68. I am going to read out a list of materials that may have been provided to you by your organisation. First could you tell me if you have seen it or not. And if you have seen it, would you say that the information presented was excellent, very good, good, fair or poor. First of all, did you receive/have you seen …

Figure 14: Awareness of AED implementation materials by staff

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Figure 15: Ratings of AED implementation materials by staff

Q68. IF SEEN: And how would you rate it?

Figure 15: Ratings of AED implementation materials by staff