What is an automated external defibrillator (AED)?
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable life saving device that can give a casualty’s heart an electric shock, when it has stopped beating normally in a sudden cardiac arrest.
A defibrillator works by checking the casualty's heart rhythm once the defibrillator pads are placed on their chest and giving them a shock if needed.
Defibrillators can be used on adults or children over one year old.
By using a defibrillator before an ambulance arrives, you can significantly increase someone’s chance of survival.