A defibrillator has been installed at the Bentley Bridge Retail Park in Wolverhampton. The machine was placed in memory of Pardeep Nagra, a young man who sadly lost his life to a sudden cardiac arrest.

Thanks go to Aviva Life and Pension Ltd who fully funded the defibrillator and Colliers International Ltd who agreed for the machine to be installed at the retail park.

The defibrillator is located on an external wall and is available 24/7 . The device has been registered on the ambulance service database and anyone needing access to it should call 999 and follow instructions from the call handler.

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.

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.