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Understanding an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?

In an effort to enhance community safety and preparedness, the initiative to make Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) more accessible and known to the public has led to the creation of comprehensive AED locator maps. These maps serve a critical role in emergency situations, particularly during instances of sudden cardiac arrest, where the timely use of an AED can significantly increase the chances of survival. Here’s a guide on how to find your local defibrillator, emphasising the importance of being prepared ahead of time.

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Locating the nearest defibrillator

AEDs are often located in public spaces such as schools, airports, malls, and sports arenas. They are typically stored in clearly marked, easily accessible green cabinets. Familiarising yourself with AED locations in places you frequently visit can be lifesaving.

Before using an Automated External Defibrillator

Ensure Safety

Make sure the area is safe for you and the victim. Avoid using AEDs in wet or damp conditions.

Call for Help

Dial emergency services immediately or instruct someone else to do so.

Perform CPR

Start CPR if trained and able. If another responder is present, one can perform chest compressions while the other prepares the AED for use.

Using an AED

1. Power On the AED

Turn on the AED as soon as it’s retrieved. Most units have a simple power button or automatically power on when opened.

2. Expose the Chest

Remove or cut through the victim’s clothing to expose their bare chest. Dry the chest if it’s wet, and shave the area if excessively hairy to ensure the pads make good contact.

3. Attach the Pads

Place one pad on the right side of the chest, just below the collar bone. Place the other pad on the lower left side of the chest. Pads should be placed as indicated by the diagrams on their packaging.

4. Ensure No One is Touching the Victim

Before the automatic defibrillator analyses the heart rhythm or delivers a shock, ensure that no one is touching the victim. The AED will prompt you to stand clear.

5. AED Analyze Heart Rhythm

Allow the AED to analyse the heart’s rhythm. Follow the AED’s voice instructions closely. Do not touch the victim during this analysis.

6. Deliver Shock if Advised

If the AED determines a shock is needed, it will instruct you to press the shock button. Again, ensure nobody is touching the victim, then press the button.

7. Continue CPR

After the shock, or if no shock is advised, continue CPR until emergency medical services arrive or the person shows signs of regain consciousness.

After using an AED

Leave the AED attached

Keep the AED pads in place and the device turned on so it can monitor the victim’s heart rhythm.

Report the Incident

Inform emergency services that an AED was used. Provide any information requested.

Maintenance Check

Notify the AED’s custodian so the device can be checked and serviced for future use.

AEDs are designed to be user-friendly, empowering anyone to take action during a cardiac arrest emergency. Remember, the prompt use of an AED, combined with CPR, can save lives. Take the time to familiarise yourself with these steps, and always be prepared to help in an emergency.

Take a look at our video tutorials for an easy and friendly guide on using a defibrillator!

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See all Of OurPartnerships

The Royal College of Podiatry has chosen the Heartsine 500P as their professionally approved defibrillator.

Avon and Somerset Police have joined up with HeartSafe and NHS England South West to launch a joint initiative to place Bleed Kits in local communities.

Arrhythmia Alliance has been a long-term partner of HeartSafe since our founding in 2007.

We are committed to building an army of lifesavers on the golf course. We won’t stop until every golf club has installed at least one defibrillator on site and registered it with The Circuit.

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are partnering with HeartSafe® to launch a new lifesaving AED package. Our aim is to provide everyone in our community with the best pre­-hospital emergency care.

We are committed to building an army of lifesavers on the golf course. We won’t stop until every golf club has installed at least one defibrillator on site and registered it with The Circuit.

Avon and Somerset Police have joined up with HeartSafe and NHS England South West to launch a joint initiative to place Bleed Kits in local communities.

HeartSafe Are Working Together With

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The Royal College of Podiatry is the professional body and trade union for registered podiatrists in the United Kingdom.

 

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The Reality...

For every minute that passes, a person’s chance of survival goes down by 10%. Only 40% of these people receive CPR, and fewer than 2% have an automated external defibrillator (AED) used before an ambulance arrives. 

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Our Objective

Heartsafe is delighted to announce that the Royal College of Podiatry has chosen the Heartsine Samaritan 500P defibrillator as their professionally approved defibrillator and recommends it to their members.

Together we are launching an exclusive discount.

This British-made defibrillator with an 8-year warranty and is supplied with Free consumables (battery/electric pads) as part HeartSine’s forward Hearts Campaign for the length of warranty. Other accessories to complete your emergency life-saving requirements will also benefit from this exclusive discount.

Working with the Royal College of Podiatry, we can make your working environment safer for work colleagues, patients, and your local community if you wish to register the defibrillator on the national database during working hours.

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HeartSafe® Training Speech Bubble

To help people use this defibrillator, we use this speech bubble with a QR code to take people to a page that will help them. Scan the QR code to try it out!

 

“Join with HeartSafe and help us save more lives”

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500P Defibrillator

Welcome ToHeartSafe

The UK’s leading Public Access Defibrillator website.

Use our AED map to find the closest defibrillators in your community to empower you in an emergency.

We have installed a number of new defibrillator cabinets to provide people in the UK with AED access.

Arrhythmia Alliance has been a long-term partner of HeartSafe since our founding in 2007.

Find out more about how to buy and join the initiative

Choose Your Defibrillator Package

Three HeartSine samaritan PADS. SAM 350P, SAM 500P and SAM360P

We offer lots of different packages to house British-made HeartSine defibrillators. Find the package best suited to your situation.

Store your defibrillator externally for easily accessible to the public

Effortlessly transport your defibrillator to not be caught out in an emergency

Three HeartSine samaritan PADS. SAM 350P, SAM 500P and SAM360P

We offer lots of different packages to house British-made HeartSine defibrillators. Find the package best suited to your situation.

Store your defibrillator internally for use in emergency situations

Pad paks, medical kits and signage. Consumables you may need to save a life

AED Locator Map

The AED locator map offers the public the opportunity to check in their community where defibrillators are closest to your place of home or work. The map identifies defibrillators that are registered by their owners throughout the UK and are listed on the map as they are happy to share access in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Anyone owning or providing a defibrillator to their community can freely register it’s availability here.

 

The map is to encourage people to learn the whereabouts of their nearest defibrillator in advance of ever needing to use one in an emergency. Having this knowledge will save time once you ring 999 and make contact with the emergency services.

REMEMBER, in an emergency always report the suspected SCA immediately to the Ambulance Service…

Call 999 and follow their instructions.

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Have An Enquiry?

no matter how unusual, please feel free to send them to [email protected] where one of our team of advisers will get back to you!

HeartSafe's Recent Successful Partnership With

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Launching an all-in-one lifesaving defibrillator package!

Our Objective

To provide everyone in our shared community with the best pre­-hospital emergency care, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) are partnering with HeartSafe® to launch a new all in one lifesaving AED package.

We offer the option to buy the package outright, fundraise towards the total, or a combination of the two to make it as easy as possible to get more AEDs into our community. 

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A Map Of Our Success!

Together, we have now supplied over 40 defibrillator packages to help provide emergency care to communities in Bristol and South West.

has now been donated by HeartSafe to this wonderful initiative
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How GWAAC Help?

GWAAC’s crew bring their critical care skills to over 500 cardiac patients a year, representing around 25% of our missions. Yet despite the extraordinary level of clinical skill our crew bring to the scene, cardiac patients are dependent on other essential links prior to our arrival. 

 

To achieve our vision that everyone should receive the lifesaving pre-hospital emergency care they need, wherever they are, whenever they need it, we need to strengthen every link in the chain of survival for someone who is suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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The Reality...

For every minute that passes, a person’s chance of survival goes down by 10%. Only 40% of these people receive CPR, and fewer than 2% have an automated external defibrillator (AED) used before an ambulance arrives. 

There are over

Suffer cardiac arrests yearly
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What happens when I call 999 and need the Great Western Air Ambulance?

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) rapidly dispatch Critical Care Doctors and Specialist Paramedics to patients suffering a cardiac arrest and anyone who is desperately unwell or injured in our region. By sending the skill and equipment normally found in a hospital Emergency Department to the scene of the most serious 999 calls, we give people the best chance on their worst day. 

HeartSafe External Defibrillator

Our HeartSafe Packages Can Be Found Throughout Bristol, Avon and Somerset Region

  • A British-made HeartSine fully automatic 360P AED or HeartSine semi-automatic 500P AED (with live accurate CPR feedback) for an additional £145. Our preferred AEDs for lay people with little or no training as well as trained personnel. This includes a 10-year warranty and free consumables under HeartSine ‘Forwards Hearts Campaign’.
  • Quality stainless steel, heated, and branded cabinet ensuring this public access AED is stored safely for when it is needed through HeartSafe’s flexible electronic locking system. The charity branding is highly visible to increase awareness of its presence and ensure it is recognisable as a clinical device.
  • Training  through our partners and our Great Western Heartstarters CPR training project, we will help to ensure you and your community are confident in delivering CPR and how to use an AED. We will also provide you with an online training course and resources.
  • Registration – we will help you register your AED with the local ambulance trust and through the Circuit.
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  • Insurance and ease – GWAAC will insure the asset against public liability claims and help you order everything you need so that we can focus on… 
  • … a good news story  you’re doing something amazing for your local community and we want to help you shout about it. Through press releases, blog articles, and your launch day, we’ll help with resources and provide a speaker to demonstrate the impact your support will have 
  • Understanding your impact  this is an AED for life. You will join GWAAC Public Hearts and as a part of this community we will periodically update you on the difference your support is making 
  • Fundraising resources  we will support you with branded collection tins, assist in the creation of an online fundraising page, and provide posters, leaflets, volunteers, and event advice to ensure you can hit your fundraising target. When you display your AED, your community will be rightly proud of it and continue to support the £50 a year fundraising target to ensure pads/batteries are replaced when they expire 
  • You will also be supporting our lifesaving air ambulance charity, enabling our crew to provide the next layer of care that a person suffering a cardiac arrest needs. Together, we can do more.

If you are interested in purchasing a life-saving GWAAC AED package, please contact either:

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Our Partnership

The Royal College of Podiatry is partnering with HeartSafe® to launch a new all-in-one lifesaving defibrillator package.

The Reality

Every year in the UK over 30,000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest and only 1 in 10 will survive. For every minute that passes, a person’s chance of survival goes down by 10%. Only 40% of these people receive CPR and fewer than 2% have an automated external defibrillator (AED} used prior to an ambulance arrival.

AED Training and Familiarisation
Including Free (3 licenses) Certificated BLS/CPR & AED Training

The purpose of this Level 2 Award in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation is to provide the user with the skills, knowledge and understanding in the provision of CPR and of the safe use and management of an Automated External Defibrillator. This qualification offers the trained provider an opportunity to provide effective emergency lifesaving first aid care using an AED. This is achieved through the understanding of the BLS/AED algorithm and the responsibilities and treatment principles of AED use. The first aid course fully meets the UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per the HSE requirements.

What Is Included In Our Lifesaving AED Package?

For An Investment from £1,284 (+VAT where applicable) – Your Podiatry Practice can become HeartSafe® and part of the Royal College of Podiatry Public Hearts Initiative

We provide...

A British made HeartSine semi-automatic 350P or fully automatic 360P AED or HeartSine fully-automatic 500P AED (with live accurate CPR feedback) for an additional £145 (+VAT). Our preferred AEDs for lay people with little or no training as well as trained personnel. This includes a 10 year warranty and free consumables under the HeartSine ‘Forwards Hearts Campaign’.

  • Quality steel, alarmed, HeartSafe® cabinet ensuring the AED is stored safely for when it is needed along with a resuscitation kit. The cabinet branding is highly visible with signage and directional labels to increase awareness of its presence and ensure it is recognisable as a clinical device.

Certificated BLS/CPR & AED Training – This course covers Basic Life Support skills and includes skills for Adults, Children and Infants as well as healthcare variations on infant CPR. The course includes: Safety, precautions, initial assessment, recovery position, CPR, compression only CPR, CPR handover and choking. This is ideal for nurses, care workers or medical professionals needing annual updates to complete professional membership.

Certificated BLS/CPR & AED Training – This course covers Basic Life Support skills and includes skills for Adults, Children and Infants as well as healthcare variations on infant CPR. The course includes: Safety, precautions, initial assessment, recovery position, CPR, compression only CPR, CPR handover and choking. This is ideal for nurses, care workers or medical professionals needing annual updates to complete professional membership.

Registration – we will advise you on registering your AED with the national defibrillator database, The Circuit and your local Ambulance Trust. We will encourage you to promote the speech bubble training programme.

Optional Upgrade

Upgrade to a HeartSine 500P for an extra £145, for real-time feedback on CPR rate and force.

HeartSine® samaritan® PAD 500P defibrillator with CPR Advisor is the most innovative device available to support these guidelines, giving rescuers feedback on the effectiveness of their CPR efforts – in real time.

Three HeartSine samaritan PADS. SAM 350P, SAM 500P and SAM360P

Royal College Of Podiatry Package

We recommend the HeartSine 360P

To Include:

  • External heated stainless steel waterproof cabinet
  • HeartSine samaritan® PAD 500P AED – The HeartSafe recommended defibrillator with unique ICG technology providing accurate CPR feedback
  • Bespoke club labelling/captains day
  • Temperature controlled and simple to use
  • Metal wall sign
  • 10 x directional labels
  • Digital electronic lock that can be set in locked or unlocked mode
  • Simple installation, very low power and running costs

£1,284 +VAT

Recent Installations

Welcome to the UK’s leading Public Access Defibrillator website. Our aims and principles have not changed. Saving lives is our first and foremost objective.

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Arrhythmia Alliance

2007 - 2023

Arrhythmia Alliance has worked with AED Locator/HeartSafe since its conception in 2007.

Registered Charity No. 1107496

Who Are Arrhythmia Alliance?

A-A is a registered charity with its registered offices in Warwickshire.  We first launched our campaign in our home county with the first placement at Prontaprint in Stratford upon Avon.  This drew the attention of the Mayor of Stratford, the Town Council and the Stratford Herald.  Following the press coverage we received numerous enquiries and went on to place more AEDs in Warwickshire from Shipston on Stour and surrounding villages in the south through to Kenilworth, Warwick, Coventry, and Alcester in the north of the county and many towns and villages in between.

The goal of A-A Defibs Save Lives programme is to reduce the number of sudden cardiac deaths in the UK and worldwide.  Working alongside HeartSafe we have placed hundreds of AEDs in communities across the UK.

A-A is a coalition of charities, patient groups, patients, carers, medical groups and allied professionals. Although these groups remain independent, they work together under the A-A umbrella to promote timely and effective diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias.

A-A provides support, information, education, and awareness to all those affected by or involved in the care of cardiac arrhythmias.

The Mission

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Almost 100% of the AEDs placed under our Defibs Save Lives programme have been made available 24/7 in cabinets supplied by HeartSafe and we have promoted the partnership as A-A and HeartSafe. 

Communities feel safe in the knowledge that HeartSafe have provided the defibrillators and cabinets and ensured they are listed with the WMAS so that in an emergency when someone called 999 they would be provided with the code and access to the AED.

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HeartSafe was the first to introduce cabinets – locked and unlocked – so that AEDs could be accessed 24/7 upon contact with the local ambulance service.  HeartSafe represents a local, regional and national brand and A-A is proud to be a partner as together we can place more AEDs in communities thus saving lives.

HeartSafe Partnership

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Arrhythmia Alliance

Arrhythmia Alliance has worked with AED Locator/HeartSafe since its conception in 2007.

Registered Charity No. 1107496