This defibrillator was funded by the people of Aldridge, including a significant donation from B2B Quote Tenders, who so kindly donated towards Alice Darke’s campaign. Alice gained sponsorship by completing Ironman Wales 2019, in loving memory of her father David Beebee. Campaign supported by the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme. To find out more about the fundraising efforts click here
The defibrillator is located on the exterior wall of St Thomas Church in Aldridge. The machine is registered on the ambulance service database and is available to the community 24/7.
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 cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patient’s chances of survival.
Early Advanced Life Support
Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.