AED – Defibrillators

Council investment in defibrillators

What is an AED – Defibrillator?

An AED – Defibrillator is a compact, portable device, which can be used on an individual where it has been recognised that they have had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

Importance of AED’s – Defibrillator’s

AEDs are important because they strengthen the Chain of Survival. They can restore a normal heart rhythm in someone who has had a sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs enable more people to respond to a medical emergency for which a defibrillator is required. When a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 10% for each minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation. AEDs used along with CPR quite simply save lives.

There have been 51 AED – Defibrillators provided across the district, 29 of which are available to the public 24/7 while the other 22 units are available to the public when the site is open.

All the AEDs – Defribillators have been registered with the NIAS (Northern Ireland Ambulance Service) therefore if anyone should telephone 999 seeking assistance the NIAS has the potential to direct them to the nearest AED. To view AED locations, visit Map of Defibrillator locations .

For further information on AEDs visit the NIAS website.

Registering your AED – Defibrillator with the British Heart Foundation

The Circuit – the national defibrillator network – click here to register your AED.