Thursday, 18 December 2014

Community Heartbeat Trust in conjunction with East of England Ambulance Service install 132 Lifeline VIEW AEDs across Norfolk in new campaign

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Community Heartbeat Trust have been working in conjunction with Ambulance Services all across the UK to install automaticexternal defibrillators (AED) in as many public places as possible. The latest project, involving the East of England Ambulance Service, has seen 132 defibrillators installed all across Norfolk.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has survival rates as low as 5% if no electrical shock is provided to stimulate the heart. The minutes after an attack are critical to improve the chances of the patient surviving and for every minute that passes, survival rates decrease by 10%.  

This latest initiative comes on the back of the death of former policeman Peter Harris on the 8th December 2012, who collapsed and died of a heart attack whilst out Christmas shopping with his family in Norwich. Peter was only 56 years old at the time of his death and his family are now campaigning to have a defibrillator installed in as many public places as possible.

East of England ambulance service Community Partnership Manager Andrew Barlow commented that, “if we have a defibrillator readily available that can be here within the first 2 to 3 minutes, then survival rates are going to increase by 10% for every minute that that defibrillator is there prior to the arrival of the ambulance.”

Despite the efforts of an off-duty nurse, paramedic and ambulance crew, Mr Harris was pronounced dead at hospital and at the time of his death, the nearest defibrillator was in Bethel Street police station. 

His daughter, Laura Albon, is now hoping to become a trainer to support this aim and it was the money raised from Mr Harris’ funeral that helped to fund the installation in Norwich.

Community Heartbeat Trust chose the Defibtech Lifeline VIEW AED due to the fact that it is that simple to use, with a full colour motion video screen to guide non-medically trained personnel through a rescue.  The Lifeline VIEW AED is a semi-automatic external defibrillator. Once the user has placed the pads on the patient the unit will check to see if defibrillation is needed and if required the shock button will flash and the unit will prompt the user to press the button.

The Lifeline VIEW AED is the ideal choice for non-medical people and organisations looking for a simple to use defibrillator that can be effectively deployed by anyone irrespective of whether or not they have been trained to use a defibrillator, due to the advanced CPR coaching features the VIEW offers through the video screen technology.

The maintenance is minimal with daily self-tests and a bright status indicator light and the kit is future proof with free software upgrades when resuscitation guidelines change. Most other manufacturers charge for this service. This no hassle approach is backed up with an 8 year warranty on the AED.   

In addition to the Lifeline VIEW AED semi-automatic defibrillator the Defibtech range of non-professional defibrillators includes the Lifeline AED and the Lifeline AUTO fully-automatic in addition to the medical professional’s market defibrillators Lifeline ECG and the Lifeline PRO.