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Choosing the Right Defibrillator for You
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Choosing the Right Defibrillator for You

Did you know that chance of survival of a cardiac arrest, if defibrillation is administered within the first minute of collapse, can be as high as 90%? With each minute that passes, this can reduce by 10%.

Here at, we understand that deciding which defibrillator to buy can be difficult, due to the wide variety of different options available. That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide to help you choose the right defibrillator for your location:


1. Who is the defibrillator intended for? For example, if it is for use in a school then a defibrillator with either a paediatric setting or paediatric pads would be the right choice; however if it’s for a workplace,  it is less likely that this will be required.

2. Location - will it be kept outside or inside? What’s more, what accessories will be required to make it visible and keep it secure? If it’s outside, security is a key consideration and in all situations visibility is paramount to locating a defibrillator at the critical moment. You can browse our defibrillator accessories by clicking here.

3. Ease of Use - now that you have considered who will likely be using the defibrillator and where it will be located, next you should consider who will be using it and how much help they will require. Many defibrillators have functions to give assistance beyond giving a shock, such as CPR voice prompts and built in metronomes which can help the rescuer.

This leads to the choice between a Semi-Automatic or Fully Automatic defibrillator, as each has a different function. 

Fully Automatic Defibrillator

  • The Fully Automatic Defibrillator will read a casualty's heart rhythm, if they have a shockable rhythm the defibrillator will instruct the rescuer to stand back and will proceed to automatically shock the casualty if required.
  • This is the most appropriate choice if it is likely that the rescuer has not been trained in defibrillator usage, e.g. public

Semi-Automatic Defibrillator
  • The Semi-Automatic Defibrillator will read a casualty's heart rhythm and recommend if a shock should be administered. The rescuer is then prompted to press the 'shock' button to deliver a shock to the casualty.
  • This is the most appropriate in a setting where it is likely that the rescuer has been trained in the usage of an defibrillator so they have complete control of the environment surrounding the casualty.

Cost Now you have decided on the features your defibrillator requires, it’s time to see what your budget is. At this point, ensure that you also research the ongoing costs for your defibrillator, such as replacement batteries and pads and how often these need to be replaced.

We supply a wide range of different defibrillators for all budgets – simply click here to compare our full range of live defibrillators, including the more affordable option; recertified defibrillators.

We hope that this guide has helped in making your decision – if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call our dedicated Customer Service team on 0845 644 3305 or email and they can help to make further recommendations according to your specific needs.