Does the ambulance service know about it? Please pass this information to the person responsible for the AED!
When a cardiac arrest strikes, CPR and defibrillation can help double someone’s chances of survival. Many defibrillators never get used because emergency services don’t know where they are or how to access them.
That’s why they need to be registered on The Circuit – the new national defibrillator network. It is connected to West Midlands Ambulance Service and allows them to direct 999 callers to the nearest defibrillator to save lives.
There are currently tens of thousands of defibrillators in public and private locations but to date they are used in less than 4% of cardiac arrests. If the Ambulance Service know where it is, it’s far more likely to be used.
There may be reasons why it isn’t possible for the public to access your premises or use your AED. However, a cardiac arrest could happen on your car park, in your grounds or anywhere in your buildings and with most people carrying mobile phones your staff may call 999 directly. If your AED is registered they can be reminded of its existence and location and help save a colleague’s life!
Better knowledge and data about their locations could make the difference between life and death – that’s why you need to register it on The Circuit.
How do I register? Registering your defibrillator on The Circuit is quick and simple.
1. Set up your account at www.thecircuit.uk
2. Register your defibrillator
• You will need to know the location and surroundings of the defibrillator
• You will need the brand, model and device serial number
• You will need to know when the defibrillator is accessible (it doesn’t need to be 24/7, it can be simply when your school, pub, club, surgery or other premises are open)
• You will need to know when the pads expire and if it displays a green emergency ready light.
(You will receive reminders to check the defibrillator and warnings when pads are about to expire).
3. You are ready to help save lives!
After entering your post code some details of an AED may exist because of already having being on WMAS 999 systems or listed temporarily by your local CFRs until correct ‘guardians’ can be established. Please still check, update contact details if necessary and complete any missing information such as access times.
Ready to help save a life? Go to www.thecircuit.uk and register your defibrillator now!