According to the British Heart Foundation, early Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation may double a person’s chance of surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest (the term used when the heart stops pumping blood around the body).  With the person’s chance of survival declining by up to 10% with every minute that passes between cardiac arrest and the first shock being delivered, knowing where your nearest defibrillators are can ensure early assistance is given.

Whilst some businesses may have their own defibrillator on site, many do not and a knowing the availability of nearby Public Access Defibrillators can ensure effective and prompt assistance can still be provided.  The Circuit is a national database of Public Access Defibrillators (PADs), providing details of defibrillators registered with the scheme for emergency services but can also be accessed by anyone else wishing to know where their nearest PADs are. To find the PADS near to your location, visit the database here.

Whilst defibrillators are designed to be used by anyone and provide clear instructions to users, training ensures that those assisting in the event of an emergency know exactly what steps are needed, reducing the likelihood of panic or delays in treating a casualty. Our first aid courses include  use of defibrillators as standard. Read more about our first aid courses here.

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