A defibrillator gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential life saving step in the chain of survival. If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.
Thousands more lives could be saved from cardiac arrests, thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between the NHS, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and Microsoft. The new partnership aims to map all of the UK’s defibrillators, with a shared ambition for the life-saving devices to be made readily available for every out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The initiative is in response to shocking figures that show public access defibrillators are used in less than 3 per cent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, significantly reducing the survival chances of tens of thousands of people every year.
One of the biggest barriers to their use is the location of these devices is often unknown to bystanders and ambulance services. 999 call handlers are unable to direct bystanders to their nearest defibrillator. BHF, NHS England, and Microsoft will work together over the next 12 months to develop a map of defibrillators across the UK that can be used by ambulance services. The network will be piloted by our local West Midlands Ambulance Service.
How use a Defibrillator
What should I do if I believe someone has had a cardiac arrest? If you see someone having a cardiac arrest, you need to act quickly as they’ll only have a chance of surviving if they receive life-saving first aid immediately.
1. Call 999 and request an ambulance, giving precise details of the location of the patient.
2. Start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) immediately. Do NOT stop CPR to locate the defibrillator.
3. Ask any bystanders to bring the defibrillator to the patient which restarts the heart by giving an electric shock. The defibrillator is light (2 kg) and fully portable.
4. Security Code? The defibrillator is in a secure yellow box to prevent theft or vandalism and protected by a combination lock. To find out the code you need to call 999 & ask the Ambulance Service for the access code for your location.
5. How do I use a cardiac defibrillator? When you remove the device from its case and turn it on, there are clear spoken instructions from it on how to use it.
If you weren’t able to attend the courses which were run at the time of the defibrillator’s installation or would like a refresher course please contact John Arrowsmith at click here to contact
Do YOU know where your nearest defibrillator is?
If you know of other public defibrillators in our area, please tell us and we will put the information
Outside Alma Inn
Outside The Shop
Behind Moody Cow
In the Foyer of the Chapel
Outside the village hall