Public Access Defibrillators



What is a Public Access Defibrillator?

AED information poster

A Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is any location that has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available for use by members of the public or staff in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

There are around 120,000 victims of out of hospital sudden cardiac arrests annually in the UK with around 8,000 in Wales.
How do I gain access to a PAD?

Full instructions are provided on the front of the cabinet.

Dial 999 and ask for an Ambulance.
Keep Calm
Speak Clearly and answer all questions
You will be given the location of the nearest PAD.
You will be provided with a number to enter into the Cabinets Handle.
Once you have entered the number turn the handle.
Open the door and remove the AED
Continue to follow the Instructions of the Ambulance Service operator

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating effectively and normal breathing ceases. This results in the casualty becoming unresponsive and urgent intervention is required. The chances of survival are greatly increased when an AED is applied.

What is an AED?

Automated External Defibrillator’s (AED) are devices that can deliver an electric shock to a casualty in a cardiac arrest. These devices are simple and safe to use. Training is recommended but is not essential.

How do I return the AED?

The AED should be given to the Ambulance Crew. They will ensure it gets returned.

Do I need Training?

AED’s are designed to be used by anyone whether they have received training or not. Nobody should be prevented from accessing an AED at any time. Training is not a requirement, however those who have received training should be more confident to deploy the unit.


Can a person be sued for using an AED or what if I do something wrong? In the UK there have been no successful prosecutions of a person who has tried to help another person. An AED can only improve a situation when a sudden cardiac arrest has occured.

Where are the AED's Located?