Defibrillators & Cabinets
What is a Defibrillator?
Automated External Defibrillator’s (AED) are devices that can deliver an electric shock to a casualty in a cardiac arrest. These devices are simple and safe to use. Awareness is recommended but is not essential.
Cariad provides the Zoll AED Plus & Zoll AED 3 defibrillators to schools, communities and organisations across Wales.
Why do we need them?
Cardiac Arrest occurs at any time, and affects people of all ages.
On average 8000 people in Wales suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. The current survival rate is just 3-5%.
14 young people each week die from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK.
7 people every hour suffer sudden cardiac arrest in the UK.
For every minute a person is suffering a cardiac arrest the chance of survival decreases between 10 -14%.
Early intervention with good quality CPR & Defibrillation can save lives. Time is critical.
Public Access Defibrillators (PADs)
The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust works in partnership with other organisations including the Welsh Government and Cariad to provide equipment and training under the Public Access Defibrillator Scheme (PADS).
What is PADs?
A Public Access Defibrillation Scheme (PADs) is any location that has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available for use by members of the public and/or staff in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating effectively and normal breathing ceases. This results in the casualty becoming unresponsive and urgent intervention is required. The chances of survival are greatly increased when an AED is applied.
Placing a defibrillator into a community will help save lives, however for the defibrillator to help save a life it must be maintained, and kept in a state of readiness.
All AEDs come with Electrode Pads & Batteries. These have a shelf live and can expire depending what AED unit between 2 - 5 years. Cariad provides the Zoll AED Plus as our AED of choice. Expected electrode & battery life is up to 5 years dependant on usage.
AEDs must be checked and maintained at frequent intervals and we encourage all members of the community to check the defibrillators.
Cariad as a charity will support and provide assistance to schools and communities who already have defibrillators, offering guidance in the general upkeep and maintenance of defibrillators.
We request that all defibrillators are registered onto the emergency 999 systems for use by the general public. For more information on registering your defibrillator and obtaining pads and batteries please click on the option below:
AEDs are placed onto Welsh Ambulance Service Control so that rescuers can be guided to nearest AED.
Free Basic Life Support & Defibrillator training.
Cariad volunteers can provide free BLS & AED awareness courses, if we are unable to attend the dates you require, free training can also be conducted via the Welsh Ambulance Service/ Local CFR groups and many other organisations across Wales.
Defibrillator cabinets both internal and external can be provided by Cariad to allow for 24 hour emergency access.