Monday, 24 February 2014

Defibrillator shortage is costing people their lives

A shortage of defibrillators - which shock the heart - and a lack of public awareness could be costing thousands of lives every year, research suggests.
Experts found that fewer than 2% of heart attack victims in Hampshire were treated with the device before an ambulance arrived - a figure described as "disappointingly low".

Hampshire was chosen because it has a mix of rural and urban settings, covers an area of 1,400 square miles, and has a population of around 1.76 million, 12% of whom are aged over 70.

A defibrillator is an electrical device that delivers a shock to the heart in the event of the victim suffering a cardiac arrest. The device will not be activated if not needed; therefore there is no chance of making the situation worse.

For all emergency calls made from locations other than a person's home, the call handler specifically asked whether the caller can access a defibrillator. If so, instructions were given in how to use it.
During the course of the study, the service received 1,035 calls about confirmed cardiac arrests away from a hospital - the equivalent of one for every 600 members of the public each year.
For 44 of these incidents (4.25%), in 34 different locations, the caller was able to access an external defibrillator. However, it was successfully retrieved and used in less than half the cases (18 cases) before the arrival of an ambulance.
This gave an overall use rate of just 1.74% of all cardiac arrests recorded, which the authors said was "disappointingly low" and similar to previous figures from the London Ambulance Service.
Across Hampshire, 673 defibrillators that could be accessed by the public were located in 278 places, including 146 devices placed in large shopping centres.
However, the research showed that only just over one in 10 nursing homes, around one in 20 train stations and a similar number of community centres and village halls had defibrillators.
The experts said their findings "would probably be similar" to elsewhere in the UK.
They said only between 2% and 12% of those who have a heart attack outside hospital survive but defibrillators could at least double the chance of survival.
The experts stressed the devices are "safe and effective when used by members of the public even with minimal or no first aid training".

More people need to be aware of AED locations, as anyone can save a life with the use of a defibrillator. For your nearest AED to home, work and leisure facilities visit

If a defibrillator is not available after dialling 999, push hard and fast – two times per second – in the centre of the chest, until the emergency services arrive. 


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