Kayla Shepherd19 Jul 2019

AED’s - Automated external Defibrillators


When we hear the word ‘defibrillator’ what do we think of? Life-saving equipment used to save lives in critical cases by trained medical professionals right? Right. 

But, over the past 5 years, defibs have been placed in locations in and around your local and wider communities and are accessible to the public in critical medical situations. 

But what is a ‘defibrillator’? 

“A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest.” (www.bhf.org.uk)

The high energy shock that is administered is the ‘defibrillation’ and this is a key component of saving the life of someone in cardiac arrest. 

A common misconception is that you need to be a trained medical professional to use and administer a defib, however, this is not the case. A defibrillator can be used by anyone in an emergency situation. 

Thankfully, Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) can be found in various public spaces and so it’s always helpful to know and locate where the nearest one is to your home/work/school in the event of an emergency. However, in an emergency situation adrenalin may mean you forget the location, however when calling 999 your call handler will be able to locate one for you and so you can ask someone nearby to get it for you. 

Using a defib along with CPR gives someone the best chance of survival but it is also important to remember that there may not always be one nearby in the event of an emergency so don't waste time finding one as there will be one onboard an ambulance.

Some towns and villages however are currently undertaking fund raising events in order to place a defib in their local area. For example, Beth Chesney-Evans’ son sadly died of sudden heart failure and Beth has raised money to get a defibrillator installed in her village’s old telephone box in order for the public in their locality to have access to one in the event of an emergency.

To help someone who is in cardiac arrest effectively, a defibrillator needs to be found as quickly as possible. For every minute it takes for the defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival reduces by up to 10%.” (www.bhf.org.uk)

We can run stand alone AED and CPR courses, if you would like to learn more about AED’s or any other First Aid skills please get in touch.

To find out more about defibrillators, what they do, how you can get one in your workplace or local area then visit: