Life-saving medical equipment is just minutes away for anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest in the vicinity of Streetly Sports Club, Sutton Coldfield.

The placement of this defibrillator was made possible by donations and funds from the Streetly Tote fund and boosted with funding received from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. This defibrillator is available 24/7 and is registered with the ambulance service

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. A public access defibrillator enables the community to start work whilst the ambulance is on the way. The first 3-5 minutes in a cardiac arrest situation can be life-changing and a four stepped approach is key to improving the outcome for the patient.

The Chain of Survival is as follows

Early 999 call

Early CPR

Early Defibrillation

Early Advanced Life Support

Providing an essential and potentially life-saving stage in the treatment of anyone suffering a Cardiac Arrest, defibrillators are easy to operate with step-by-step instructions for members of the community to use in an emergency. This defibrillator will be checked by the school caretaker on a regular basis.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate; who supplied the AED said “It’s great to see another community recognising the importance of the machines, the chance of survival after sudden cardiac arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a Defibrillator within 2-3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70%

If you’re thinking about getting a defibrillator for your community get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.