AEDs Located in LQ
What is an AED?
An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator, and may be used in the chain of survival, to restart a person’s heart when they have had a cardiac arrest. It is often used when performing CPR.
According to the British Heart Foundation, there are around 1400 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Northern Ireland each year, with fewer than 1/10 surviving. Awareness of CPR and operating an AED can mean life or death. The BID has carried out a mapping exercise to illustrate how many buildings in LQ have an AED on site, has delivered CPR training and will continue to raise awareness.
The Circuit, the national defibrillator network fully funded by the British Heart Foundation, provides an overview of where defibrillators can be found. Many defibrillators never get used because emergency services don’t know where they are or how to access them. This can cost lives and that’s why this new infrastructure is so vital.
Previously, AEDs were all registered with the local ambulance service who operated individual databases. The Circuit is a new database which is joining up all the previous databases into one central overview and will roll out in stages.
Once all the ambulance services are live and the devices are registered on The Circuit, the ambulance services will be able to access essential information about defibrillator locations across the whole of the UK from one centralised location.
Therefore, if you have already registered your device with NIAS, you should do so again through The Circuit. Read more about The Circuit, and register your device below:
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service encourage registration to highlight the locations of AEDs in NI and identify areas where an AED would be needed. This tool should not be used in an emergency, but registration is encouraged:
Where is my nearest AED?
If your organisation does not have an AED on site, it is important to have an awareness of the nearest device, should it be required.
This map shows all of the LQ business which have at least one AED on site (some will have several). Whilst it is important to know where your nearest AED is located, this should also be used to highlight locations where an AED should be considered.
- Belfast Health and Social Care Board
- Belfast City Council
- Department for the Economy
- Consumer Council NI
- The Metropolitan Building
- Department for the Economy, Fermanagh House
- Clayton Hotel
- NI Chest, Heart and Stroke
Great Victoria Street
- Factor Law
- Millennium House
- Great Northern Tower
- Tesco Express
- CME Technology
- Pulse Smart Hub
- Value Cabs
- Bedford House
Upcoming Activities and Events
In September 2021, the BID ran accredited AED and CPR training to a cohort of members, and delivered a Healthy Heart Webinar through LQ-based charity, NI Chest Heart and Stroke. We will be offering further training for Health Week (September 2022), which will include First Aid, as well as CPR training. For more information, please contact email@example.com. The CPR training is open to all members.
General information on Cardiac Arrests and AED FAQs is below:
Further information and resources are available through the British Heart Foundation:
Training and maintenance is vital in ensuring your AED is in good working order and can be used in an emergency. NIAS provide a checklist of things to look out for:
Maintaining a healthy heart is essential. Our member organisation, NI Chest, Heart and Stroke work tirelessly to educate, to inspire and inform people in NI about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and help to prevent avoidable chest, heart and stroke conditions: