A new defibrillator site has been created outside Etruscan Primary School in Etruria after Shelton and Etruria Residents Association funded the defibrillator to be available for the whole community. The machine is in a great location with the park close by.

The defibrillator is now available 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. 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. They’re becoming an increasingly common sight in public places across the country and have already saved many lives.

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.