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New AED Location Sign

Have you seen the new AED location sign?

Following extensive research and public consultation, the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the British Heart Foundation have developed a new UK AED location sign and a supporting information poster, with the aim of ensuring that more people understand what AEDs are used for and are encouraged to use them.

The new AED location sign makes the following changes to the existing one:

  • The lightning bolt icon has been changed to a stylised ECG heart trace – respondents of the public consultation overwhelmingly said they would be more likely to use a sign with this icon on.
  • The description has been changed to “Defibrillator – Heart Restarter” – respondents of the public consultation said they thought this term would most encourage them to use the device.
  • A supine person has been added, showing the suggested placement of the defibrillator pads, to reinforce (by way of a strong visual cue) how the device should be used.
New AED Location Sign
Supporting Information Poster

A supporting information poster has also been designed to reinforce the following key messages:

  • Anyone can use an AED – you do not need prior medical or first aid training.
  • It’s easy to use – just follow the instructions.
  • It is for use on an unconscious person who is not breathing normally.