Public access defibrillators (PADs)
Public access defibrillators (PADs) can be
found in public spaces like your local shopping centre, gym, train
station or village hall. That briefcase-sized box on the wall
contains a public access defibrillator (PAD). It's there for anyone
to use on someone in cardiac arrest.
Simple to use
They are simple and safe. The machine gives clear spoken
instructions. You don't need training to use one.
Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart's rhythm.
It won't deliver a shock unless one is needed.
Every second counts
After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and
defibrillation reduces someone's chance of survival by 10 per
When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there's a public
access defibrillator nearby. Don't delay or interrupt chest
compressions to fetch it, send someone else.
If you've installed a defibrillator in your community or
workplace, check that your ambulance trust knows about it. That
way, 999 operators can quickly identify a nearby device in future
How to use a defibrillator
Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all
look the same, they all function in broadly the same way.
If you come across someone who is not breathing or breathing
erratically, the most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR.
If you're on your own, don't interrupt the CPR to go and fetch a
defibrillator. When you can, send someone else to find one. Once
the defibrillator is open, all you have to do is follow the spoken
Lifesavers in your community
Find out about our Nation of Lifesavers
Community Package which includes a Call Push Rescue Training
Kit and a Part-funded Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).