The very first European “Restart a heart day” was held earlier this month to raise public awareness of the importance of early Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation in an out of hospital cardiac arrest situation.
Anyone can suffer a cardiac arrest. Last year more than 100,000 people in the UK died from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), that’s over 200 people every day.
In an out of hospital cardiac arrest, with CPR alone, the chance of survival is around 5 per cent, but with CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) the chance of survival can increase dramatically, in some cases up to 74 per cent.
Louise Walker, Commercial Training Officer at the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service explains:
“Without CPR oxygenated blood is not being pumped around the vital organs and for every minute we delay defibrillation of the person that requires it their chance of survival decreases by around 14 per cent.”
“You will do more harm to a person in cardiac arrest by not doing anything. It’s so important that people think and act quickly, by phoning 999 as soon as they recognise that a person is unconscious and not breathing normally. Commencing CPR will buy the patient time until the emergency services arrive.”
By performing CPR you can do nothing wrong, the only thing that can be wrong is doing nothing. Saving a life is as easy as 1,2,3
The Isle of Wight Ambulance service now has many static AED sites across the Island with staff trained on how to use the equipment safely and efficiently.
Alan Doe, Operating Manager at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway said:
“I am relieved to have a defibrillator on site”
“Staff have been trained by the IOW Ambulance Services on how to use the defibrillator so that we are always prepared in the case of an emergency, and during busy periods you never know what might happen. It’s good to know that we are well equipped to help the public if needed.”
If you would like to find out more about how to apply for an AED and training please contact Louise Walker, Ambulance Commercial Training Officer at Ambulance HQ 01983 534111.