A new defibrillator has been installed on the external wall of Meir Library. This follows a fundraising campaign in the local community with funds raised by The Yard Community facility and kind donations from Cllr Debbie Wheeldon and the 1000 miles of Matt campaign. The community effort means that 24/7 defibrillator access is now available to the local area in the event of a cardiac arrest. The defibrillator is registered on the ambulance service database and anyone needing access to it in the event of an emergency should call 999 and follow prompts from the call handler.

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 chances of survival.

  • Call 999
  • Commence CPR
  • Early Defibrillation
  • 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.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate said: “It’s great to see another AED out in the community. I would urge other people in the area to contact us to see how we can help. It may be that we have funding available in your area”

Responsible for around 100,000 deaths in the UK every year, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the country’s biggest killers but quick and easy access to a defibrillator can significantly increase the chances of survival

This defibrillator forms part of the Staffordshire 1000 project. On the 1st May 2019 AEDdonate launched a campaign to install 1,000 Community Access Defibrillators across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

AEDdonate works closely with local communities, residents’ associations, businesses, and councils to fundraise, purchase, install and register defibrillators that are public access. The charity works pan-UK and raises awareness, knowledge, and confidence in the safe use of defibrillators and CPR.

In Staffordshire, the average time for emergency services to arrive following a 999 call is 8-12 minutes. In the case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), every minute counts, the person’s survival rate drops by 7-10% for every minute defibrillation (and CPR) is delayed.

During this time, the person’s survival depends on bystanders who initiate CPR and defibrillation from an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50-70%. This means with more public access defibrillators; we could significantly improve survival rates.

Join us at AEDdonate, to install an additional 1,000 Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) across the County to make sure we are all better protected from the UK’s biggest killer.

Call us on 01785 472 224, visit our website or connect with us on Social Media for more information on how you can help.

Thank you to everyone who took part in funding this machine. Thanks also go to Stoke-on-Trent City Council who allowed the machine to be installed on the library building.