There are fixed defibrillators in a number of locations in our District e.g. council offices, parishes, community halls, on outside walls of public buildings, schools and at leisure centres.
Defibrillators can save a life in a medical cardiac emergency (heart attack) and it is important that they are located in busy areas and people know where they are. It is also important that everyone has the knowledge and confidence to use one when needed in an emergency.
What is a defibrillator?
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart and can help save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. All workplaces, schools, and public buildings are strongly encouraged to have a defibrillator on site.
A defibrillator may also be referred to as a defib, or an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
Four steps to take if someone is having a cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. The following steps give someone the best chance of survival:
- Call 999
- Start CPR – to refresh your skills, book a St Johns Ambulance course, near to where you live
- Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby (if no one is available to get one, listen to the emergency operator for further instructions)
- Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions.
Is it a legal requirement to register defibrillators?
No, however, if you register your device with the national defibrillator network, known as The Circuit, this will improve the accessibility of the unit in case of an emergency
What is The Circuit?
The Circuit is the national defibrillator network which maps defibrillators across the UK, connecting them directly and automatically to each ambulance service. Find out more and put your defibrillator on the map.