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Where's that AED?
boy scout training Have you seen this sign before?
It's the ILCOR approved universal AED sign. It indicates the presence of or direction to an AED. ILCOR = International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. AED = Automated External Defibrillator

Keep your eyes open for these signs whenever you enter a public building and see how many you find. There's a good chance you won't find many in the USA or UK. That's because other signs have been adopted already and are more common. Hopefully, that will change so a universally used symbol will actually be universal, or at least global.

boy scout training This is the sign you will likely see to identify AED locations in the USA.

This weekend, I got to help out a bit at the council's Campmaster Training session. I was asked to speak about recent CPR changes and AED use. All the council camps have AEDs, but there were lots of questions about where to locate them, annual maintenance, and policies.
We also discussed some first aid questions and recent directives about what first aid kit support was required by the camps. I'm afraid I wasn't much help with directives and policies, but the CPR and First Aid discussion was fun.

All adult BSA volunteers should get CPR and AED certification. It's easy and sends a good message to the families in, and considering joining, your unit.

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Posted: 8:30 10-24-2011 689
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