AED signs design has been changed to make them clearer and encourage more people to use an AED. Not only has the sign changed but the UK Resuscitation Council and the British Heart Foundation have produced a poster (above) to along with the new design.
The new AED location sign makes the following changes to the current one:
- It changes the lightning bolt icon into a stylised ECG heart trace – respondents overwhelmingly said they would be more likely to use a sign with this icon on.
- The description is changed to “Defibrillator – Heart Restarter” – respondents said they thought this term would most encourage them to use the device.
- A supine person was added, showing the suggested placement of the defibrillator pads, to reinforce how the device should be used.
The supporting information poster was reviewed by experts and is consistent with the 2015 Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines. It reinforces the following key messages about PAD and the use of an AED:
- Anyone can use an AED – you do not need prior medical or first-aid training
- It is easy to use – just follow its instructions
- It is for use on an unconscious person not breathing normally
You can download a JPEG copy of the sign below
Further Facts and Figures
Approximately 30,000 Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur every year in the UK
In 2013, the Emergency Medical Services attempted to resuscitate approximately 28,000 people after they suffered an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Of the 28,000 people that emergency services attempted to resuscitate, only 8.6% survived and were discharged from hospital
Approximately 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur at Home; 20% will occur in public places
The current rate of initial bystander CPR in England is reported to be around 43%
12 people under the age of 35 die every week due to sudden cardiac arrest in the UK
270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school
When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%
Currently, only 20% of cardiac arrest victims are in a ‘shockable’ rhythm when the EMS arrive; this figure can be increased if more cardiac arrest victims received immediate, effective CPR from bystanders
Passive smoking increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease by up to 30%
If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival chances increase from 6% to 74%
The emergency services average response time to a cardiac event related incident in an urban area has increased from 8 to 11 minutes
Without immediate treatment, 90-95% of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims will die