New standard Defibrillator Poster developed by the Resuscitation Council and the British Heart Foundation

Defibrillator Poster
Defibrillator Poster

Defibrillator Poster

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  • Accepted by the HSE
  • Adhesive backing

This Defibrillator (AED) Instruction Poster tells rescuers what to do in an emergency, highlighting how simple a defibrillator is to operate and that anyone can use it to help an unconscious person who is not breathing normally. It clearly shows the chain of survival links that should be followed when helping a person who is suffering from a cardiac arrest.

The new poster design was developed and approved by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and BHF to encourage the early use of defibrillators to improve survival rates of people suffering cardiac arrest. It replaces the current defibrillator symbol of a lightning bolt with the new 'heart starter' symbol which has been developed in consultation with medical professionals and the general public.

The Defibrillator Poster is essential for providing simple and easy to follow instructions for public access defibrillators and workplace defibrillators in the event of an emergency.

The Defibrillator Poster is also available as a pdf to download for free.

Designing the poster

In 2014 it was recognised that improved AED signage might encourage more people to use the AED. In July 2015, a survey of 1,895 adults was conducted and found that fewer than half recognised and understood the 2006 sign. A draft new design was produced, and in December 2015 another public survey was conducted to gather further feedback.

2,115 responses were received during this survey. These survey results contributed to the re-designed and improved signage above. The resulting sign has been accepted by the HSE and approved by the RCUK Executive Committee. It aims to ensure more people understand what they are used for and are encouraged to use them.

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

  • It changes the lightning bolt icon into a stylised ECG heart trace – respondents overwhelmingly said they would be more likely to use a sign with this icon.
  • The description is changed to "Defibrillator – Heart Restarter" – respondents said they thought this term would most encourage them to use the device.
  • A supine person was added, showing the suggested placement of the defibrillator pads, to reinforce (by way of a strong visual cue) how the device should be used.

The supporting information poster was reviewed by experts and is consistent with the 2015 Resuscitation Council UK guidelines. It reinforces the following key messages about PAD and the use of an AED:

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

Technical Specification

  • Size: A4 (210 x 297 mm)
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Adhesive backing
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