Guide to defibrillators
What is an automated external defibrillator
An AED is a portable electronic device
that automatically diagnoses and treats life threatening cardiac
arrhythmias through the application of electrical therapy, allowing
the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
AEDs are easy to use and could be the best investment you ever
Why should you have a defibrillator?
Immediate defibrillation can be the
difference between a life lost and a life saved.
- Around 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest each year outside
the confines of a hospital
- The chance of survival after the heart stops falls by around
10% for every minute that passes without defibrillation
- It can take the emergency services several minutes (and
sometimes longer) to arrive.
Why buy your defibrillator from St John Ambulance?
Trusted: St John Ambulance is the nation's
leading first aid organisation and the UK's biggest reseller of
defibrillators to the public and private sectors
Wide range: Our range of AED units offers the
widest choice, with features appropriate for any users and
Impartial advice: If you're not sure which unit
is best for you, our trained advisors will provide friendly
guidance to help you make the right choice
Product demonstration: We are happy to provide
a free on-site practical demonstration of defibrillators to help
you find the right AED
Affordable options: We have a selection of
defibrillators to cater for different budgets in the workplace, and
our sales team are more than happy to discuss the best option to
suit your needs.
Free delivery: We will deliver your chosen
defibrillator to you at no extra cost**
* Terms and conditions apply. Contact us for further
** Free standard delivery applies to all orders over £150 within
the UK. Terms and conditions apply.
It can be the difference between a life lost and a life
How to use a defibrillator
Our in-house expert Clive James gave a demonstration
on BBC Breakfast on how to use a defibrillator.
The devices are not just for doctors and can be found in
public places like supermarkets, airports and train
Frequently asked questions
To help you understand about defibrillation
and defibrillators (AEDs), we have put together a list of questions
we get asked most often. They have been broken up into three
sections for your benefit.
Section 1 - What is an AED and why
should I have one?
Section 2 - The ease of using an AED
Section 3 - Technical questions
Download full PDF of FAQ's