Register a defibrillator
The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) is involved in raising awareness of the importance of early recognition, early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation for people suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. Part of this involves helping communities to acquire their own automated external defibrillator (AED) and heated, lockable cabinet to store the AED externally, making it available 24 hours a day.
It also means ensuring that NEAS are aware of the location of defibrillators that are available to members of the public by registering them on our emergency systems.
In the event of the AED being required, the code for the lock is obtained by dialling 999. This ensures that the Trust is always notified that there is an incident in the location, and therefore, an ambulance is deployed.
In the event of a cardiac arrest, the caller would be advised that there was an AED in the proximity, where it was located, and the code. The caller would be asked if someone could fetch the AED, but would be advised not to leave the patient to do so, as CPR is crucial to increase the chance of survival.
Have you got a defibrillator that is available for public use in the event of a cardiac arrest? If so, please register it with ourselves.