This is a defibrillator
it can save someone's life
but only if you use it.
A defibrillator is an easy-to-use device
you don't need any training to use it
because it will tell you exactly what to do.
Its job is to shock someone's heart
back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest.
it will only instruct you to deliver a shock
if this is needed.
If you find someone unconscious
unresponsive and not breathing
or not breathing normally
they're in cardiac arrest.
It's important to act immediately
because their heart is no longer pumping blood
to their brain and around the body.
The first thing to do is call 999
and start CPR
the emergency operator will talk you through what to do
and tell you where the nearest defibrillator can be found.
If there's someone else around
ask them to go and get it.
Defibrillators are normally located in workplaces
and public spaces like airports
community centres and train stations.
They may be labeled PAD (public access defibrillator)
or AED (automated external defibrillator)
and anyone can use them in an emergency.
The defibrillator will assess a heart rhythm
and will only tell you to shock them if they need it
So you can't do any harm by using one.
If a shock is needed
this will try and reset the electrical system in the heart
to get it beating normally again.
When used with CPR
defibrillators give the best chance of survival
When you witness someone in cardiac arrest
and find a defibrillator as soon as possible.
For more information on defibrillators