Registering your defibrillator (AED)

Congratulations on being prepared to save a life with the purchase of a life-saving defibrillator.  Whether it’s for your workplace, school or college, public building or even a community area, it’s a fantastic way to be ready to give life-saving support in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Having this kit available means that anyone can access it to help administer a potentially life-saving shock to restart someone’s heart in the event of an emergency situation.  It can take around 11 minutes on average for emergency support to arrive on scene, and for every minute someone is suffering an SCA, their chances of survival drop by approx. 10% so every second counts.  Knowing where to find the nearest defibrillator could really be a matter of life or death.

According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, the UK survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests is 8%.  Use of a defibrillator can increase this to a survival rate of 32%.  However, if a defibrillator is used along with CPR within five minutes of someone collapsing, you can increase their survival rate to 74%.

Help raise awareness of the fact you have a defibrillator on site by completing these few steps:

Alert your local ambulance service

It only takes a couple of minutes to register your device with the emergency services and it’s completely free.  This critical step means that in the event of an emergency, any member of the public can be given a code from their emergency call handler and informed of the location of the defibrillator, enabling them to deliver life-saving care whilst waiting for the emergency services

Tell your employees or key people

Being ready to save a life is something to shout about, so make sure the right people know that you have purchased a defibrillator.  Tell them where it’s located and who is trained in its use so that should the need emerge, people know who to turn to

Tell the businesses in your local vicinity

Heart problems can strike anyone at any time and not every business is as prepared as you.  Why not think about sending an email or popping a poster over to your neighbouring buildings/businesses so that they know where they can come if they need life-saving support?

Make yourself famous – you deserve the credit!

We’ll be sending you a pack to help you raise even more awareness about your investment in a defibrillator, including a press release template and some social media ideas.  Make sure you keep us tagged and we’ll be sure to help you raise your profile even more!