What is a defibrillator?
A defibrillator is a device that can be used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest. Those available to the public work automatically and provide instructions and will not deliver a shock unless one is necessary.
Why is a defibrillator important?
30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen each year in the UK, and 9 out of 10 are fatal. Investing in a defibrillator from the British Heart Foundation could be the difference between life and death and will help us keep hearts beating for longer.
How do I know if I need one?
Having a defibrillator on your premises is a relatively small investment that could one day save someone’s life, whether in a residential, community or workplace setting. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend that certain businesses have defibrillators, whilst others should perform a needs assessment to identify if they should have one. This assessment includes:
- consideration of how many people may be in, near, or passing through your workplace (as the likelihood of cardiac arrest increases with more people)
- the age of those people (as age is a risk factor for heart disease)
- the nature of the location (as remoteness may affect emergency service response times and the availability of alternatives).
Some businesses choose to have defibrillators on their premises regardless of a needs assessment, because they want to demonstrate their commitment to keeping their colleagues, customers and local community safe. As well as the BHF, the Resuscitation Council UK also recommend that they are available.
What type of defibrillator do I need?
Defibrillators vary with some providing more protection from the elements than others (making them more suitable for harsher environments), some containing additional features such as LCD display screens and some providing real time CPR feedback. The cost of each defibrillator also varies depending on their features. Deciding on the best defibrillator for you really depends on your environment and the budget you have. Get in touch with us using the contact us details below and we can help guide you on which defibrillator will be most suitable for you.
What’s the difference between a PAD and an AED?
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator – this automatically analyses the heart rhythm and provides a shock during a cardiac arrest where required.
PAD stands for Public Access Defibrillator – a defibrillator that is accessible to the public, ideally freely and not in a locked cabinet.
What's the difference between an automatic and a semi-automatic defibrillator?
Semi-automatic defibrillators will ask the rescuer to press a button to deliver a shock if needed and when prompted. Fully automatic defibrillators, on the other hand, automate this process and will deliver the shock automatically if needed. And it will tell the rescuer a shock is about to be delivered so that they can make sure they aren't touching the casualty.
How many do I need?
Just having one defibrillator could be the difference between life and death. But if you are an organisation with multiple sites, or based in an office with several floors, our team can advise you on the right number to maximise your chances of saving a life but at a budget you can afford.
What accessories do I need?
Defibrillators from the BHF come with all the necessary components you need to be able to treat a sudden cardiac arrest straight away, but you can get additional items such as a cabinet, brackets and signage from our online shop.
If you are budgeting ahead then it's worth knowing that the pads and battery will need to be replaced every five years and this will cost approximately £250. And pads will need to be replaced if they are used to treat a cardiac arrest.
Do I need a CPR kit?
We provide a FREE CPR Training Kit with every defibrillator which consists of an inflatable manikin and a DVD that teaches CPR in under an hour. These kits can also be purchased separately on our online shop if you find you need more to aid CPR training in a larger group.
How do I buy a defibrillator?
You can purchase a defibrillator and any of the accessories directly from our online shop using a credit or debit card. Our defibrillator and acccessories range can be found here.
If you are a business and would like to place an order by invoice, please get in touch with us using the details below and we can arrange this for you. (Please get in touch too if you wish to discuss volume discounts for very large orders).