In the UK, there are 30000+ cardiac arrests outside hospitals each year, yet only 1 in 10 survive.
Due to campaigning by the British Heart Foundation and others, defibrillators are now commonly located in workplaces, schools, stations and other public places and levels of AED training have increased.
Despite the increase in the number of defibrillators and their potential to save lives, they still only used 2% of the time. This is because ambulance services and first aiders do not know where the nearest defibrillator is located, or how to access it.
A new partnership between the British Heart Foundation and Microsoft aims to solve this, by creating a national map of all defibrillators in the UK, known as ‘The Circuit‘.
‘The Circuit’ provides locations of defibrillators to every Ambulance Service in the UK, so when a member of the public calls, they can be directed to the nearest defibrillator quickly.
If you have a defibrillator, we encourage you to register it on ‘The Circuit’ network to help improve cardiac arrest survival rates in your area.
How do I register a defibrillator?
- Setup your account here
- Enter the location, brand, model and device serial number of the defibrillator
- Enter details of how and when the defibrillator can be accessed
- Enter details of when the pads expire – ‘The Circuit’ will send you reminders to renew these.
Why are defibrillators so important?
Defibrillators are an important link in the ‘chain of survival’ but sadly only about 2% of receive bystander defibrillation using an AED. CPR alone is unlikely to bring around a casualty who has suffered a cardiac arrest. The casualty needs CPR and a shock from an AED. If used within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest an AED can increase the causalities life chances by up to 50%.
If you make a 999 call and an AED is available nearby you can send a bystander to collect whilst you carry out CPR.
To learn how to do CPR, watch our video. Cardio pulmonary resusitation (CPR) will help to maintain the casualties life before an AED arrives on scene.