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How effective CPR and using a Defibrillator (AED) saves lives

What is a defibrillator?
A defibrillator is an advanced medical tool that delivers a high energy, electric shock to the heart through the chest wall. It is essential life saving tool for someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest. There are thousands of defibrillators installed across the UK in public areas such as parks, work places, high streets and sporting venues - these public access defibrillators are known as PADs.

A defibrillator is its most effective when administered within the first minute of a victim collapsing. If a defibrillator is used within the first minute, the survival rate can be as high as 90%. If a defibrillator is used within the first 3 to 5 minutes, the likelihood of survival is roughly 74% showing that having a defibrillator close by really makes all the difference.

What to do in an emergency
If somebody you are with or a passer by suffers a cardiac arrest, they will lose consciousness straight away and their heart will stop beating. In order to help them, you must first call 999 and then begin CPR. It’s important to remember that in order to save the life of someone who is suffering a cardiac arrest, you must use a defibrillator. Once you have called the emergency services, find your nearest defibrillator and begin using it. All defibrillators are really easy to follow and have simple guides that show what steps should be taken to correctly use the defibrillator.