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.
The devices are compact, portable, easy to use with basic instruction 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. The devices are designed to be stored for long periods without use and require little routine maintenance. Several different models exist, some of which are shown below.
Examples of defibrillators available
All of these will guide the user through the process.
Examples of emergency signage
Signage is usually red or green.
Examples of cabinets
The keypad code is given during 999 call.
Heartsafe lock cabinet: Digital brochure and instructions
CPR / AED Training: Request form
Defibrillator Heart Restarter: Instruction sheet
CAG Defibrillator Leaflet 2017: Guide
Guernsey PAD site list - September 2019: List