Is there a National Defibrillator register?

Update: There is now a National Defibrillator Register, known as ‘The Circuit’. Learn more and register your device here.

AED trainingA question we are often asked on our first aid courses is – ‘Is there a National Defibrillator Register?’ At the time of writing, there is no national AED register for public access defibrillators for the whole of the UK, but there is one for Scotland.

There are also many local schemes (some are App based) which in cities like London are used to let the public know where a local AED is in the event of a cardiac arrest.

What our video showing how to use an AED.

In Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service hosts a register of public access AEDs. They are known as PADs (Public Access Defibrillators) and when you dial 999 you are told where the closest registered AED is.

British Heart Foundation is planning to develop a UK wide register called the National Defibrillator Network (NDN). This will link the ambulance services with the public in a bid to help save more lives from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. There is a launch planned for this in the spring of 2019.

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Why are AEDs 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.

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