A defibrillator is now available at Spartan Studios in Derby following a fundraising campaign and support from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

The site is registered with the ambulance service and the defib at this site will be monitored by a guardian who will perform regular checks to ensure the machine stays active and available for the surrounding community. Anyone needing access to a defibrillator should always call 999 in the first instance and follow further instruction 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 cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patients 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.

Spartan Studios said “The defib you worked for, raised money, made contacts with helpful organisations… and here it is, we hope we never have to use it, but if it’s ever needed anywhere around Ascot Drive/Gosforth road then we are ready to activate it. We are so proud of you team, we couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you. Special thanks to AEDdonate for supporting the fundraiser and providing us with one. If you are thinking of getting one for your community we highly recommend AEDdonate , brilliant customer service, great communication”

A huge well done to everyone involved, an amazing fundraising effort to help protect your local community.