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A defibrillator is 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 is an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.

Automated External* Defibrillators (AEDs) and Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) refer to the same defibrillation devices. The main difference is where they are located. PADs are located in a place accessible to the general public. AEDs can be stored privately and out of sight (although this is not recommended).

*Note: the term external in this case refers to the fact that the machine attaches to the heart externally when in use, rather than the location of the machine.

These sections on our website provide further detailed information.

AEDs and recognition
AEDs guide to use
AED locations, Guernsey
AED Locations 360 video
CPR and AED training
Mobile app
Liberate your AED