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The Circuit - the national defibrillator network

Less than 1 in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We have joined with UK ambulance services, the NHS and Microsoft to make life saving defibrillators more accessible and change that.

What is The Circuit?

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.

Why should I register my defibrillator?

  • Currently only 2% of OHCAs receive bystander defibrillation
  • Tens of thousands of defibrillators are currently not known by ambulance services
  • Defibrillators are much more likely to be used if they're registered
  • Knowing a defibrillator’s location can be the difference between life and death.

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.

How can I register my defibrillator?

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.

Join The Circuit

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My area is not covered yet - what can I do?

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.

For any questions please email us at [email protected].

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