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Council chiefs talk about its lifesaving equipment

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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COUNCIL chiefs in Burton have revealed that all of their fitness centres are fitted with lifesaving devices – and staff are trained to use them.

Bosses from East Staffordshire Borough Council revealed that both the Meadowside Leisure Centre, off High Street, and Shobnall Leisure Complex, off Shobnall Road, were fitted with defibrillators to aid if a visitor or member of staff falls ill.

The authority also told the Mail that all relevant staff were trained and tested every 60 days in its use.

The council disclosed the information as part of the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign, which is working with gyms and fitness centres across the area to try to get the devices installed.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “All centres have a defibrillator and all relevant staff are trained and tested every 60 days in its use.”

The Mail launched its campaign after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged and fighting for life after suffering a cardiac arrest while working out at a local gym.

The campaign has received backing from all areas, including Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, various charities including the British Heart Foundation and St John Ambulance, and chiefs from both East Midlands and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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, with success rates decreasing from then at up to 20 per cent per minute of delay.

The machines can be used by anyone who witnesses an arrest as they give clear instructions on what to do.

The machines will only deliver a shock to a patient in cardiac arrest.

People cannot shock a healthy patient – the machine simply will not allow anyone do that.

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