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Money Raised for 8 new IPAD Defibrillators

​A group of dedicated volunteers from across Hampshire and Surrey have raised the funds to purchase seven lifesaving defibrillators for use in their local community. Rushmoor and Surrey Heath Community First Responders (CFR's) volunteer their spare time to be available for selected 999 calls or to help other members of the community.

Many of the emergencies they respond to are life-threatening. Whilst CFR's are not a replacement for an ambulance and always backed up by an emergency vehicle, across the region, this year alone, CFR's have attended 19000 incidents arriving first on scene over 50% of the time.

Seven of the defibrillators will be used by the CFRs as they respond to emergencies. The eighth defibrillator being installed in the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford which will serve as a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) site. The members of the cast have raised money to have this placed.

A defibrillator is crucial piece of equipment. It is a potentially life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. This is called defibrillation and can save lives. This year the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) in total has responded to more than 5,000 cardiac arrests and more than 10% of these have been attended by a CFR.

SECAmb actively looks to increase the number of defibrillators across its region with its clinicians, working closely with local groups including the CFR's it trains to identify areas which would be suitable locations for defibrillators.

The new devices – the iPAD AED (Intelligent Public Access Defibrillators) are a nominated Device of the British Heart Foundation. They use state of the art technology to guide responders through a series of calm voice prompts and illuminated illustrations when in use.

SECAmb Community Partnership Lead and Paramedic Dan Holland said: "It's excellent news that these new defibrillators are ready to be installed across Rushmoor and Surrey Heath. The defibrillators are easy to use and talk the users through every step safely. The fundraising efforts of the local Community First Responders has been fantastic. We'd like to say a very big thank you for their dedication in raising the funds and for their commitment in volunteering their time to help local people in their community every day. This vital life-saving equipment helps ensure anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest is given the very best chance of survival."

According to the British Heart Foundation there are around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year. Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life is crucially important.

Evidence clearly points to early defibrillation alongside effective Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) significantly increasing the survival rates of patients suffering a sudden cardiac arrest in the community. It is thought a patient's chance of survival falls by approximately 10 per cent for every minute that they don't receive a shock from a defibrillator and effective CPR.

The defibrillators were supplied by Aldershot based WEL Medical, who represent the Manufacturer in the UK. Ian Pearse, Owner & Director said: "We have been working with the South East Coast Ambulance Service over a number of months to place iPAD defibrillators. We are absolutely delighted that our own local CFR's are now equipped with them. We really value being able to make a difference in our own community. We take pride in being able to supply lifesaving equipment in to lifesaving hands."

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