What to do when a community AED has been deployed

Chain of Survival

The Chain of Survival is an integral part of saving the life of a person who has collapsed and gone into cardiac arrest.  A community AED is a vital part of this chain and will be deployed as soon as Ambulance Operations Centre (AOC) have identified that the call is a cardiac arrest and where the nearest AED is to that incident.

When a Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) is deployed AOC should ask the responding ambulance crew to collect the AED for safe keeping and return it back to their base station.  The locality operations manager (LOM) should then contact the community response manager (CRM) for their area to arrange collection.

The CRM will contact the custodian of the AED, who looks after and maintains the CPAD site, to arrange collection from the station, restock any items that have been used on the device (AED pads, razor etc) and then return the device to the cabinet - ready to be deployed again should the need arise.

The help and support of our crews for the safe recovery of the AEDs is great appreciated and is essential in allowing us to get these vital pieces of life-saving equipment back out into the community ready to help someone else.

We now have over 2,000 CPAD sites across our area and most of these have been funded by parish communities and local fundraisers in and around our Trust area.

Thank you for help.

The Community Response Team (Defibs@eastamb.nhs.uk)

Published 29th April 2019

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