Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. A person who suffers a cardiac arrest will be unresponsive and will lose consciousness almost immediately. When someone has a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival decreases by 10% for every minute lost without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation.
A defibrillator is a very safe and easy to use electronic device that automatically reads the heart rhythm of someone who may have suffered a cardiac arrest. It diagnoses if an electrical shock is required to restore a normal heart rhythm.
Selecting a defibrillator
The iPAD SP1 is recommended for its ease of use, providing clear, audible and visual instructions. Please see the short video opposite that shows its specific life-saving features and functions to guide you in assisting a person suffering an emergency cardiac arrest.
The iPAD SP1 is a nominated device of the British Heart Foundation and is used by over 75% of NHS ambulance services.