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Burton’s Queen’s Hospital chiefs show support for defib effort

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 01, 2014

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BOSSES at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital have thrown their backing behind the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.

Senior figures at the Belvedere Road site decided to get behind the effort to get defibrillators installed across the area at sites such as schools, gyms and fitness centres.

The Mail launched its campaign after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged when he suffered a cardiac arrest while he was working out at a local gym.

Dr Howard Why, consultant cardiologist at Queen’s Hospital, said: “We certainly support the ‘Stay Fit, Stay Alive’ campaign.

“A cardiac arrest is life-threatening and requires treatment as early as possible for the patient to have the best chance of survival.

“We have had several out-of-hospital cardiac arrests this year, including a couple of patients at their local bingo hall.

“Defibrillators should therefore not only be available in fitness centres and schools, but in any large public area.

“They are very safe and simple to use and people should have the confidence to be able to use them with minimal training.”

Dr Why is latest in a long list of people to back the Mail’s campaign.

MPs, charities, gyms and schools have all pledged support.

Even Prime Minister David Cameron described the campaign as ‘absolutely excellent’ during his visit to Burton last week.

He said: “I am very happy to back the Mail’s campaign.

“What the Burton Mail is doing to encourage people to get more defibrillators in public places is an absolutely excellent idea.”

The defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective cardiac rhythm to be re-established.

The best conditions for defibrillation are present for only one to two minutes of someone going into cardiac arrest.

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