How quickly you can find the nearest defibrillator / AED can be a matter of life and death. When someone is in cardiac arrest and not breathing, every second counts.If a defibrillator is used within the first 4 minutes of a person suffering a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival can increase to 70%, compared to just 5% if defibrillation is delayed.
The Circuit – The National Defibrillator Network is co-funded by British Heart Foundation, NHS, Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance, in partnership with Ambulance Chief Executives. Previously, defibs were registered with local ambulance services in separate databases. The Circuit is a new database which has joined up all the previous databases into one central overview. If your defib is not registered on The Circuit, it is no longer registered with the ambulance services.
Similarly the AED map identifies defibrillators that are registered by their owners throughout the UK and are listed on the map as they are happy to share access in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Anyone owning or providing a defibrillator to their community can freely register it’s availability directly on the AED website.