THE new chairman of South Derbyshire District Council believes the Mail’s defibrillator drive could help to save lives.
Pat Murray decided to back the Stay Fir, Stay Alive campaign, describing himself as a huge fan of what he called a ‘crucial’ crusade.
The Mail is spearheading a push for defibrillators to be installed across Burton and South Derbyshire, at sites ranging from schools to gyms.
Councillor Murray said: “It’s wonderful to see the Mail is putting this important and potentially lifesaving issue into the public eye.
“By having defibrillators installed in public places and by having people trained in their use, the best care possible can be provided quickly and effectively prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
“The quicker someone in cardiac arrest is defibrillated, not only does it improve their chance of their survival but it can also help to improve the chances of a patient’s full recovery and reduce the time of it.
“For every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest their chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent, so every second really does count.”
Administering correct care within two to three minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest increases the survival rate to 75 per cent.
The value of having a defibrillator has been proven at South Derbyshire’s leisure centres in Swadlincote and Etwall.
As reported in The Mail at the time, badminton player David Glaze, from Hilton, praised the actions of staff at Etwall who administered treatment via a defibrillator after he collapsed on court last year.
The Mail launched Stay Fit, Stay Alive after a 64-year-old man was left brain damaged and seriously ill when he suffered a cardiac arrest while he was working out at a local gym.