Defibrillator the most lifesaving piece of equipment you will find…
Having a child with Complex Heart Disease made us appreciate how delicate and fragile the human heart is.
Many children suffering from Complex Congenital Heart Disease have at some point experienced an episode whereby they have had a cardiac arrest.
Unlike other cardiac events, sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate and factors such as the victims age, gender, current health condition and ethnicity do not factor when determining the cause of cardiac arrest.
Sudden Cardiac arrest remains a leading cause of death in the UK, with an estimated 30,000 people dying each year! Without immediate treatment 90 – 95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims will die.
Combined with the immediate use of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) a defibrillator is the only form of treatment for someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. If a defibrillator is used within 3 – 5 minutes of a person collapsing the survival, chances increase from 6% to 74%.
A defibrillator (AED) is designed to be used by members of the public and are very effective in guiding you through the process of administering the shock. They are very safe and easy to use and will not allow a shock to be given to a victim who does not require one.
Fact: you do not need to be a qualified first aider to use a defibrillator.
Years ago, a defibrillator would retail at over £1000 and was only ever found in Airports and Hospitals. Now you will find them in Shopping Centre’s, Entertainment venues and other areas where there is a heavy public presence.
The Charlie Ramsey Research Fund has to date provided 8 of these amazing defibrillators around the West Midlands to schools and communities.