Life-saving defibrillator for Charity Shop in Ware
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has installed a potentially life-saving defibrillator at its shop in Ware High Street.
EHAAT is committed to installing Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) on the outside of, or close to, all of its premises. The devices are designed to be safely used by untrained members of the public.
The defibrillator was paid for by EHAAT Volunteer Kate Lloyd-Davies, who has been a Volunteer with the Charity for over eight years.
Kate said: “When I heard about this initiative I realised it was very important and I am pleased to be able to support it in a practical way.”
Pam Withrington, Fundraising & Marketing Director at EHAAT said: “We are very grateful to Kate for her generosity in funding this defibrillator. Thanks to her amazing gesture, this potentially life-saving piece of equipment is available to the people of Ware.”
A defibrillator is a computerised medical device used when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest. The defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, allowing it to pump again. The use of this, alongside cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), is crucial to the ‘chain of survival’.
The Charity hopes that the defibrillator will encourage bystanders to get involved if they encounter a case of cardiac arrest, and will provide the people of Ware with additional assistance before trained medical help arrives. EHAAT is committed to raising awareness and ensuring that PADs are accessible so that, should a sudden cardiac arrest occur, assistance can be given at the very earliest opportunity.
Stuart Elms, Clinical Director for EHAAT said: “Our Pre-hospital Care Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics treat many out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year, and the NHS Ambulance services treat approximately 30,000 per year.
“Care and treatment has advanced every year, but those receiving bystander CPR and early defibrillation have a better chance of survival. PADs are a recognised, safe method of initiating care in this group of patients, for whom time is critical.”
“We want the public to know that there is a PAD available in their area. Once 999 has been called, ensuring that further help is on the way, members of the public should not be afraid to use the equipment and start CPR. The defibrillator provides clear and audible instructions and will not deliver a shock if the patient does not need it.”
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