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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see your question, please feel free to drop us an email or fill in our contact form.

What is a cardiac arrest?

A cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. When the brain is denied circulating oxygen the casualty will collapse, be unconscious, unresponsive and will not be breathing normally (they may make odd gasping noises but the is not normal breathing). Immediate action is required, call for help, start CPR and use an AED. 

Is a heart attack the same as a cardiac arrest?

No it is not. A heart attack occurs when an artery supplying the heart muscle becomes blocked, the casualty will be conscious and probably complaining of severe chest pain. Sometimes a serious heart attack can lead on to a cardiac arrest. A sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The victim will suddenly collapse and will not be breathing.

Can you hurt someone by doing chest compressions (CPR)?

If you are doing effective chest compressions the casualty may suffer a fractured rib, especially if they are elderly. Always remember, a fractured rib will heal but if you delay starting CPR the chance of survival is minimal.

Is it ok to just do chest compressions and not mouth-to-mouth?

Yes absolutely. Uninterrupted chest compressions without the two rescue breaths will circulate the oxygen around the body which was present in the blood stream on collapse. So early compression only CPR may be effective for those crucial minutes after the heart stops beating and will buy the casualty time for the emergency services to arrive or a public access to a defibrillator.

Is there any occasion where you should not intervene?

As a bystander you should never put yourself in danger so always check it is safe before going to a victim’s aid and remember to call for help.

In an emergency situation how would I know where to find the nearest defibrillator?

When you call 999 and give your location to the call handler, they will direct you to the nearest public access defibrillator (usually within 500 meters from your location). The call handler will also provide you with a pin code to open the cabinet and retrieve the defibrillator (most cabinets within the community are locked).

What is an AED?

An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. This is a lifesaving, portable, electrical device which will automatically diagnose whether the casualty requires an electrical shock. An electric shock can help restore the normal electrical rhythm of the heart allowing it to beat again and pump blood round the body.

How will I know how to use an AED?

As soon as you switch the AED on it will talk you through each step and will not allow you to deliver a shock unless it’s necessary.

How much does an AED cost?

Currently a public access defibrillator costs £1750. This includes the AED and a heatproof lockable cabinet. There are also running costs; each cabinet requires an electrical supply which costs about £15 to run per year, the pads and batteries also require changing every few years which can cost a few hundred pounds.

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