It is estimated that there are around 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests each year in the UK and of these around 30,000 are discovered in time for someone to help save the victim’s life.If a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from 6% to 74%
We supply a choice of the semi automated or fully automated LIFEPAK CR2.
The LIFEPAK CR2 is suitable for both adult and child use as it has a paediatric mode, this means that you do not need to purchase an additional set of pads for child use.
The LIFEPAK CR2 is the only defibrillator that allows CPR compressions during heart rhythm analysis so there is no ‘hands-off’ time and it has the fastest time to first shock of all defibrillators on the market. This defibrillator has the most up to date technology including WiFi. More information on the device itself can be found here.
Should we have a fully automated or a semi-automated device?
The difference between a fully automatic and a semi-automatic AED is very small. The decision on which one to choose is often down to personal choice and circumstances. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and you need to choose the type of AED that you feel you would be most comfortable with or that which best suits your circumstances.
On the semi-automatic models there is a manual shock button that you will be instructed to press to deliver the shock. A fully automatic, on the other hand, will tell you to stand clear and automatically administer the shock itself, if analysis has detected that a shock is required.
Think about whether you will be siting your defibrillator inside or outside. Where would most people be able to access the device? Will it be accessible 24 hours a day? Is the area well lit? Think about a prominent and visible place but one which is not overly exposed to the elements. Think about who might need to access the defibrillator and place it at a suitable height. Think about the access route and ensure there are no obstacles which might prevent access in an emergency.
What else do we need to go with our defibrillator?
Your defibrillator comes complete with a ready kit which contains a razor, scissors, face mask, gloves etc. You will need to consider purchasing a bracket/hanger if you are siting the defibrillator inside a building and a heated cabinet if you are siting the defibrillator outside. A mild steel cabinet is suitable as an outdoor cabinet unless you are siting your defibrillator near the sea. You can purchase your bracket/hanger or cabinet through HeartSWell.
The current retail price of the semi automated LIKEPAK CR2 is £1,959.60 and the fully automated LIFEPAK CR2 retails at £2,062.80.
HeartSWell’s defibrillator packages, supplying either the semi-automated or fully automated LIFEPAK CR2 range from £500 to £1500. Every defibrillator comes with a rescue kit, poster and a set of defibrillator pads, suitable for both adult and child use.
Defibrillator + Bracket
Defibrillator + Standard Cabinet
Community/School/ 3rd Sector Organisation
£500 (inc VAT)
£500 (inc VAT)
£875 (inc VAT)
Private Organisation/Club/ Business
£1000 (inc VAT)
£1000 (inc VAT)
£1500 (inc VAT)
If for any reason funding is an issue, it is possible to request grant funding from the charity by completing this form. All grant applications are evaluated and assessed on a case by case basis by the board of trustees.
You do not need any formal training to use a defibrillator, the device will guide the user through each action they need to take using audio and visual instructions. It is however important to note that statistics show that only 40% of bystanders who witness a cardiac arrest intervene and offer CPR or defibrillation and that survival rates increase if a bystander has received training and spontaneously provides CPR and defibrillation. We would therefore strongly suggest that awareness sessions are provided as a minimum but that CPR and defibrillation training significantly increases the likelihood of the equipment being used to save a life.
There are a number of accredited training providers across the South West that you may wish to contact: Sarah Dormor a Senior Resuscitation Officer at Derriford hospital offers training on-site and in the community and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org alternatives include St. John’s Ambulance, Devon Freewheelers, and the British Red Cross
How do we register our defibrillator with the South West Ambulance Service?
It is important that you register your defibrillator with the South West Ambulance Service so that in the case of an emergency they can direct any caller or bystander to the device. Registering your device could save a life. All you need to do is click here and complete the online form
What checks do we need to carry out each week/month?
Although your defibrillator self checks, best practice is to carry out a full check every week using a checklist such as this one here. It is also important to complete the South West Ambulance Service monthly report form online.
How do we order replacement consumables – pads, batteries, rescue kits etc?
As part of your defibrillator package, you are automatically signed up to the ‘Basic Care Package’ with The Defib Shop – further details can be found here. There are a number of reputable suppliers of defibrillator consumables that you can contact directly as and when you require replacement pads, batteries and rescue kits including: The Defib Shop who provide next day delivery and a discounted price for HeartSWell defibrillator recipients, St John’s Ambulance, and The Defib Store,
You can continue to use your defibrillator after the warranty period expires but you may want to have it serviced periodically and consider fundraising to purchase a replacement device when the existing defibrillator reaches the end of its usable life. Companies such as TrimBio offer defibrillator servicing.
What can we do to support the Charity to help other communities to install defibrillators?
We would love for you to get involved in our fundraising events and help to raise awareness of the fantastic work HeartSWell do. Every year we run our Wear it Red campaign in February during Valentines week to raise money for the defibrillator programme, we also host an annual golf day and a summer ball/dinner and dance so why not join us or donate a raffle prize. Why not host your own fundraising event to support us? If you are looking for ideas you can download our fundraising pack and don’t forget we are always looking for volunteers who are able to donate their time to help.
Where can I go for further information and advice?