Ambulance service call for more public defibrillators

Ambulance service call for more public defibrillators

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Lucy Golding

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Ambulance service call for more public defibrillators

Businesses and organisations in Windsor and Maidenhead are being urged to install an automated Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).

The call has been issued by the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) which says the kit can prove the difference between life and death for anyone suffering a heart attack.

The easy-to-operate defibrillators are there to be used by anyone in an emergency and display simple instructions as well as an intelligent automatic system that will only produce a shock when there is no detected heartbeat.

In the UK approximately 30,000 people suffer a heart attack outside of a hospital, with a patient's chance of survival decreasing by about 10 per cent per minute.

The SCAS said it is willing to advise organisations on how receive funding for a defibrillator, which costs up to £1,850 excluding fitting charges, by directing them to grants and community fundraising schemes.

The SCAS has also recommended museums, parish councils and arts centres for defibrillator installation.

Email richard.tracey@scas.nhs.uk to find out more.

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