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New Defibrillator Sign 2017

26/07/2017

The British Heart Foundation and Resuscitation Council have together released a new defibrillator sign following in-depth research around people’s understanding of AED signage. The main issue being that in general people do not understand the terminology AED or Defibrillator. Research has shown that the new signs increase people’s recognition and understanding of a defibrillator and encourage anyone to use one.

The three main changes to AED location signs are:
  • The previous lightning bolt icon has now been changed to an ECG Heart Trace – the research showed respondents were much more likely to use a sign with this icon on it
  • The word AED has been updated to Defibrillator Heart Restarter with respondents saying that this would encourage them to use the device
  • A person has been added to the symbol, showing the suggested place pads should be applied – this is to reinforce how the device should be used

The key message that these changes want to promote are:

  • Anybody can use a defibrillator – you do not need prior training
  • Defibrillators are easy to use, just follow instructions
  • A defibrillator is for use on an unresponsive person who is not breathing

Safety First Aid have updated our range of signs, defibrillator cabinets and wall brackets in line with the British Heart Foundation and Resuscitation Council’s guidance to show the new symbols and terminology. Survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are dependent on a number of factors including prompt CPR and defibrillation, therefore we fully support research that shows ways of encouraging people to use a defibrillator or recognise their purpose.

Check out our full range of AED accessories displaying the new terminology and symbols here

 

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