Is your defibrillator on The Circuit database?

As a First Aid Trainer, I log into my portfolio regularly which allows me to see the number of first aiders trained in the past year. First aid training allows me to teach others and make them feel confident in providing first aid help in any circumstance and most importantly delivering CPR and using defibrillators in real life situations. The aim of the training is ensuring the trainees feel confident enough to provide first aid help, administer CPR and use defibrillators which can save someone’s life.

On our courses we spend a large amount of time looking at defibrillators, how they work and how to use them.

Did you know defibrillators stop the heart, not start it?

The emergency services helped by Ordnance Survey and the British Heart Foundation want to map all defibrillators location. They use a database called ‘The Circuit’ which is an online database. When you call 999/112, they will tell you where your nearest known defibrillator is. However, they only know where the defibrillator is if it has been registered.

Many communities and businesses have these amazing defibrillator kits. With an average cost of £1500 plus VAT, communities spend time fundraising and companies make the investment for their employees.

If they are not registered on ‘The Circuit’ database, the emergency services would not have the location or relevant passwords allowing access the equipment.

The location of 30.000 community defibrillators is known but an estimated 70.000 devices are still to be registered.

In a situation where a defibrillator is required, the quicker it gets to the patient the more likely they are to survive. It can double or triple the chances of survival!

I now urge you, if you know of a Defibrillator within your community or workplace, double check it`s registered. You can find out more information about “The Circuit” and how to register a defibrillator on the following link:

The Circuit – the national defibrillator network

Registering the defibrillators on “The Circuit” can help save thousand of lives from cardiac arrests and we need your help!

Survival depends on all links in the Chain of Survival being carried out quickly. This means early recognition and calling for help, early CPR, early defibrillation and post resuscitation care and The Circuit plays a vital role in giving people their best chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.

MBO can help with your Life Saving First Aid Training for both adults and children.

If you would like to learn more about the chain of survival, how to administer CPR or how to use a defibrillator, please ring our office and one of our friendly team members can advise on the best training option.

Everyone is welcome to join us!