7 things people need to know about defibrillators

Encouraging the public to perform defibrillation on those who have had a cardiac arrest needs to be made a top priority, say updated global resuscitation guidelines. 

The guidelines call for the promotion of early use of automated external defibrillators (AED) on those who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

People must be educated about the safety and effectiveness of defibrillators so that if they witness an arrest they feel confident