Guidance: Defibrillators

On this page, you’ll find a selection of resources that are useful to those looking to learn more about defibrillators.

Clinical information

Do I need an AED? The first aid needs assessment: Practical information for businesses and organisations who are considering purchasing an AED.


Cabinets for public-access defibrillators: This consensus statement outlines our stance on keeping AED cabinets locked or unlocked, and the reasons why. 

Automated External Defibrillators on Aircraft: RCUK discuss whether AEDS are needed to protect passengers on aircraft.


A guide to AEDs: This guide provides information about AEDs and how they can be deployed in the community to help resuscitate a victim of cardiac arrest. 

CPR, AEDs and the law: A guide on the obligations and responsibilities of those who attempt the resuscitation of anyone suffering a suspected sudden cardiac arrest, and to provide guidance for organisations that are contemplating providing life-saving equipment and training for those who might use it. 

Cardiovascular Implanted Electronic Devices: Guidance on Cardiovascular Implanted Electronic Devices (CIEDs) in people towards the end of life, during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and after death. 

Resuscitation to recovery: A National Framework to improve care of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in England


Standard sign for AEDs: Download our AED sign and learn more about how it was created.