Introduction: AEDs are increasingly made available around the community as one of the key components of the Chain of Survival. BLS-AED training is fundamental to increase bystander CPR rates and improve survival. Good quality and realistic AED trainers are still expensive and access restricted to health care professionals and first responders.
Objectives: To develop a simple, attractive and reasonably priced AED simulator which can be extensively employed to spread knowledge of BLS and AED use.
Materials and Methods: a single product consisting of an app and a carton box is developed to simulate the AED. The initial focus group for users is the secondary school community involving teachers and students who already receive BLS training. Design thinking tools are employed to understand the user experience and how to create and provide value by working with them.
Results: a combined app and several box prototypes to hold a phone/tablet are developed with potential user feedback. The single app has two options: instructor use or student use. Teachers are able to program case scenarios based on learning goals and evaluate groups/individuals as they apply BLS and use the AED simulator. These evaluations can be sent to the students and stored for future reference and comparison. Student use converts a phones display into an AED. The app is applicable on smart phones, tablets and also web based to facilitate teacher access.
Conclusions: The AED trainer box is a potential tool to spread the knowledge of BLS-AED and for regular training in the community. From teachers it can be spread to other first responders (police, life guards, health care professionals) and to families and friends.