the treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, specifically ventricular fibrillation (VF) and non-perfusing ventricular tachycardia (VT).
A defibrillator also known as a ‘defib’ or automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean the difference between life and death for the victim of a sudden cardiac arrest. The chance of survival can be tripled by providing a person in cardiac arrest with early defibrillation.
In order for the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust to be able to map the areas where AEDs are needed and to establish the locations of existing AEDs, we ask all organisations, businesses and schools, big or small, to tell us about the location of their AEDs. This will assist the 999 call taker to advise the caller of the nearest AED in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
You can notify the Ambulance Service by completing their online form This will allow them to direct members of the public to your defib in the event of a medical emergency happening nearby. They will be able to come and collect the defib, take it to the patient and use it on them to try to save a life.
There are two types of AED locations: PAD and Static.
PAD: A Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is when the AED is put in an external cabinet in the community that can be opened with with information or a code provided by the 999 call taker. If you are placing a PAD in your community, it is essential that you contact us.
Static: A static AED is placed inside a building and is available for as long as the building remains open, eg. in an office or shop between 9am - 5pm.
Please note the details provided are for information only, with no transfer of responsibility to the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust of privately owned AEDs. By completing the online form you agree that Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust can direct members of the public in certain emergencies to access the equipment.
It is important to ensure that your AED is checked regularly to maintain a good condition and is accessible at all times during premises opening hours. If you are registering a PAD please ensure that the AED and cabinet are checked regularly and there is 24 hour accessibility to the cabinet. It is important that all your staff and visiting members of the public are aware of its location and that there are people on site that are trained in how to use it.
Ariennir achub bywyd Cymru gan Lywodraeth Cymru ac fe'i cefnogir gan rwydwaith cardiaidd Cymru, drwy'r grŵp gweithredu ar gyfer anhwylderau'r galon. Save a Life Cymru is funded by Welsh Government and supported by the Wales Cardiac Network, through the Heart Conditions Implementation Group.