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Heartstart and Public Access Defibrillators
Working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation and South East Coast Ambulance service, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has delivered over 50 free training courses spread over many local communities.
As a result nearly a thousand residents have been trained to administer potentially life saving Emergency Life Support skills.
We are now switching the focus to training children and have recently run courses at local primary schools and also run a course to train the teachers of local secondary schools, to enable them to pass on this life saving training to their pupils as part of the curriculum.
Public Access Defibrillator Locations
The statistics for heart attacks in the UK are alarming, but the survival rate of casualties who receive early defibrillation speaks for itself. Around 270,000 people suffer a heart attack in the UK each year, about a third of which die before reaching hospital due to cardiac arrest, however early defibrillation can triple a victim's chance of survival.
CPR is also a vital part of the survival chain following cardiac arrest, along with early defibrillation, as Hypoxia (Oxygen starvation) causes irreversible damage to the brain after 3-4 minutes and for each minute without CPR the survival rate reduces by 10%.
The national target for the Ambulance Service to respond to Category Red 1 and Red 2 (life threatening) calls is within eight minutes, although last year this was only achieved in 70% of incidents. With this in mind we will continue to work with communities to get residents trained and more Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) installed throughout Mole Valley.
MVDC now has 47 PAD's installed over 34 communities in Mole Valley.
The sessions held so far in Mole Valley have received excellent feedback from attendees and will cover approaching and assessing a possible casualty, if breathing, placing a casualty into the recovery position and, if not breathing, how to carry out CPR.
The course will also cover what action/s to take if someone is choking or suffering from a serious bleed and what the difference is between a Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The importance of and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator will also be discussed.
The statistics for heart attacks in the UK are alarming, with around 270,000 people suffering a heart attack each year, about a third of whom die before reaching hospital. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death but, with immediate treatment, many lives can be saved. The swift use of a defibrillator, with its visual and verbal instructions, make it very easy to use and can make a critical difference by delivering an electric shock to re-start the heart. Early defibrillation can triple a person's chance of survival.
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