Learn more about public access defibrillators (PADs), how defibrillators work and debunk some of the misunderstandings about when to use a defibrillator.
The Circuit will link a UK wide network of defibrillators to every ambulance service in the country and the public in a bid to help save more lives from OHCA.
Locating the nearest defibrillator and administering this alongside CPR can double a person’s chance of surviving an OHCA. Through a network of defibrillators, those having a cardiac arrest, bystanders and ambulance services will all be better connected.
The Circuit will help you look after and maintain your defibrillator. You’ll receive regular reminders to check your defibrillator is ready to use and the pads are in date, be able to connect with other guardians in your area should you wish and even organise someone to check it if you’re likely to be away on holiday.
The Circuit was launched in June 2019. Guardians - the people that manage and maintain defibrillators - in the West Midlands and Scotland are able to register their defibrillator onto The Circuit. We’ll be rolling out across the rest of the UK throughout 2019 and 2020.
Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way. You don't need training to use one.
Public Access Defibrillator and Call Push Rescue training kit community packages help train your community in life saving skills.
Some ambulance services are currently able to accept direct registrations, so if you are looking to register your defibrillator now, please visit the map of ambulance services on the AACE website where there are links to contact your local service.
If you would like to be kept up to date with the work the BHF is doing within CPR and defibrillation, sign up to hear more.
For more information on obtaining and using defibrillators take a look at our Guide to Defibrillators we produced in conjunction with the Resuscitation Council UK.
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