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Vital need for defibs outlined by trust chiefs

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

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A CHARITY set up with the sole intention of putting defibrillators in place across the county has backed a Mail campaign to get all gyms in the area to install them.

The Community HeartBeat Trust is a national charity focused on provision of offering life saving defibrillation services to communities.

It aims to provide cost effective defibrillators, offer device training and support the setting up of community responder schemes.

The charity is now throwing its weight behind the Mail’s Stay Fit, Stay Alive campaign.

A spokesman said: “A defibrillator opens a window for the public and workers to take on a key role to support emergency services who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim.

“It is argued that they should be as broadly deployed as fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

“The rate of survival of an sudden cardiac arrest is dependent upon time.

“The quicker the intervention, the better the outcome. Brain death starts after three minutes so urgent action is needed.

“Recent evidence suggests that public access defibrillation is almost 10 times more effective in saving lives than just CPR schemes alone.

“This is nothing to do with skills of the responders, but simply a factor of time to the patient.

“To give a good outcome, medical help needs to be present at the patient within four to five minutes.”

More information is available by visiting www.communityheartbeat.org.uk

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

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