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Community AED units can be found in a number of locations. The idea with Community AEDs is that you call the emergency services, who give you a code to use to unlock the box and access the AED.

The Community AED would in many cases, reach a patient who has gone into cardiac arrest, before the emergency services arrive, saving valuable time. Every minute of delay gives a drop of 10% in survival rates, getting the AED to the patient as soon as possible increases the persons chance of survival.

If they are available in your community, find out who is responsible for them. They will probably have additional training where you can find out more or you could join the responder network.

Don’t forget that you shouldn’t worry if the AED is a different brand to the one you are trained to use, they are all basically the same and provide you with the instructions and voice prompts that you need.