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Discussion: Location of defibrillators

A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. This is called defibrillation and can save lives.

For every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by 14 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival.

We are working with the British Heart Foundation and other charities to identify locations where a community defibrillator could be valuable, for example remote communities and urban venues with high footfall or where clusters of cardiac arrests have previously occurred. We are also working with Scotmid to locate defibrillators in Scotmid and Semi-chem stores.

Where do you think defibrillators should be located in your community?

You can see the discussion posts here