Around 30 000 people have a cardiac arrest each year outside the confines of a hospital. The chance of survival after the heart stops falls by around 10% for every minute that passes without defibrillation.
It can take the emergency services several minutes (and sometimes longer) to arrive!
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electrical shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
This high energy shock is called defibrillation and it's an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival.
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