PADs & AEDs


General Information

Examples of defibrillators available

Examples of emergency signage  

Examples of cabinets 

Various types of AEDs available Emergency Signage
All guide the user through the process Signage is usually red or green Keypade code is given during 999 call

 

What is a defibrillator?
A piece of life-saving equipment which can analyse the heart rhythm and if necessary, automatically gives a high energy electric shock to the heart that may restore a more stable rhythm. it's an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.
The devices are compact, portable, easy to use with no training required and very effective. They are designed to be used by lay persons; the machines guide the operator through the process by verbal instructions and visual prompts. They are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the heart's rhythm requires it. They are designed to be stored for long periods without use and require very little routine maintenance. Several different models exist (see above image).

Are Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) the same thing?
Yes, both names refer to the same defibrillation devices. The only difference is who can access them. 

Can I access the interactive map if I don't have a smartphone? 
Yes, it is available here.

 

 

 


Click here for more Frequently Asked Questions about Defibrillators


Help us 'liberate' your AED in 5 simple steps to help save lives:

We know there are privately owned AEDs that are not registered on our shared database with St John Ambulance and Rescue. If we can add these onto our database, together we can ensure everyone in our community can access one in an emergency and save a life. If your place of work has an AED, please: 

How to use a PAD

Register it with The St John Emergency Ambulance Service using this downloadable form. Their control room will use it to direct the public to your AED in case of an emergency, and will share the information to us so we can add it to our database and App so anyone can see the AED’s location.

Put up signage and/or labels on the inside and outside of your building so people can see that you have an AED and can access it in case of emergency.  This will then mean your AED will not only help keep your staff safe but also the wider community.

Add it to your facilities checklist to be sure it is in full working order if needed.

Tell your staff that, even if they are not trained, AEDs are safe to use. AEDs are automated but training is useful to ensure familiarity and speed of response.

Show the world by taking a picture of its location and tweeting (#LiberatedAED @cardiacaction)  

If you don’t have an AED yet, we would like to invite you to consider purchasing one of these life-saving pieces of equipment.  In the event of a heart attack prompt use of CPR and an AED can improve chances of survival by 10% per minute.  AEDs are not expensive to purchase and are easy to maintain. The Cardiac Action Group and The St John Emergency Ambulance Service are both able to provide you with further advice about what is right for your office.

This campaign is fully supported by The St John Emergency Ambulance Service.  


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a defibrillator?
What is the difference between Automated External Defibrillators or Public Access Defibrillators?
Why can't we just wait until paramedics arrive? 
How do I use a defibrillator?
Do you have an AED or a PAD? If so, have you told us about it?
What does the Cardiac Action Group have to do with AEDs/PADs? 
Why should I buy a defibrillator?
What is the APP?
I lost your recent publication about PADs, can I have a copy?

What is a defibrillator?
A piece of life-saving equipment which can analyse the heart rhythm and if necessary, automatically gives a high energy electric shock to the heart that may restore a more stable rhythm. it's an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.

The devices are compact, portable, easy to use with no training required and very effective. They are designed to be used by lay persons; the machines guide the operator through the process by verbal instructions and visual prompts. They are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the heart's rhythm requires it. They are designed to be stored for long periods without use and require very little routine maintenance. Several different models exist (see above image) and are available from the manufacturers or medical equipment companies.

What is the difference between Automated External Defibrillators or Public Access Defibrillators?
Both names refer to the same defibrillation devices. The only difference is where they are located.

Public Access Defibrillators (or PADs) are located in a place accessible to the general public. This can be on an outside wall, or inside public areas, such as in the reception of a fitness centre. It is important to note that some PADs are only accessible when the public facility is open. Outside PADs are accessible 24 hours a day.

Automated External* Defibrillators (AEDs) can be stored privately and out of sight, but this is not recommended. *External refers to the fact that the machine attachs to the heart externally when in use, not the location of the machine.

Why can't we just wait until paramedics arrive? 
Because after a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone's chance of survival by 10 per cent.

When you call 999, the operator can now tell you if there's a publicly accessible defibrillator nearby. Don't delay or interrupt chest compressions to get it, send someone else.

How do I use a defibrillator? 
As soon as the device is opened, it will begin to issue verbal instructions for you to follow. Two adhesive pads (electrodes) are used to connect the AED to the patient's bare chest. Through these pads the AED can both monitor the heart's electrical rhythm and deliver a shock when it is needed. The AED provides audible instructions and most models also provide visual prompts on a screen.

Do you have an AED or a PAD? If so, have you told us about it?
We at the Cardiac Action Group want to know its location so we can add it to our growing database. We share this database with the operations room at The St John Emergency Ambulance Service so in an emergency, a member of the public can use yours to help save a life.

What does the Cardiac Action Group have to do with AEDs/PADs? 
We are a charity that is working to improve public access to these devices, increase the number of devices around the Bailiwick, raise awareness of the location of these devices, raise awareness of what they are and how they work, and adding privately owned devices to our growing database.

We offer free assistance to purchasers of the devices, such as the best location to install one, and advice on signage required and can assist with any planning permission that needs to be sought.
We do not sell the devices directly but they can be purchased through us at a discounted rate from the supplier. We work closely with The St John Emergency Ambulance Service here in Guernsey and are fully supported by them in our work.

Why should I buy a defibrillator?
In the UK, every 3 minutes someone has a heart attack. Around 30% are fatal with 190 people dying of a heart attack every day. In England, the ambulance service attempt resuscitation in approximately 25,000 cases per annum but at present, only a small proportion survive. 

Most cases of sudden cardiac arrest are due to an abnormality or the heart's electrical ryhthm called ventricular fibrilllation (VF). Defibrillation needs to be carried out immediately within a critical time. Conditions for defibrillation are optimal for only a few minutes after the onset of VF, although this period can be extended if a bystander provides effective CPR. 

Nevertheless, the victim's chance of survival falls by around 7-10% with every minute that defibrillation is delayed. Only rarely are the emergency services able to attend and provide defibrillation early enough.

What is the APP?
This is a FREE APP that shows the location of all registered PADs and AEDs in the Bailiwick and provides directions to them. You can read more about this on our Get the App page.

I lost your recent publication about PADs, can I have a copy? 
Yes, you can get a pdf copy of our 2015 mailshot that was delivered to households entitled 'A Guide to Public Access Defibrillators & How To Use Them', as seen below. You can download the pdf here. Thank you to all our sponsors for assisting with this publication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Some of these answers have been provided with permission by the British Heart Foundation website or from their 'A Guide to Automated External Defibrillators' with Resuscitation Council (UK)

Liberate your AED

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Phone: 07781 129 539

Email: info@cag.org.gg
Website: www.cag.org.gg

Address: c/o Secretary, 8 Lemon Grove, La Route des Jenemies, St. Saviour, GY7 9QS

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