Staff and members at Gymophobics in Lichfield have taken part in a training session after recently installing a defibrillator within their facility. This was all made possible after members worked together to fund the machine, with support also coming from the Tesco bags of Help scheme. This defibrillator is registered with the ambulance service and will be monitored by the site to ensure it remains available.

Whilst defibrillators are easy to use it is great that members of this gym are better prepared in the event of an emergency. 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 public to use in an emergency.

Our awareness courses are designed to demonstrate just how easy it is to use a defibrillator but also show how to access one in an emergency. The session allows for questions and aims to offer reassurance and structure in what can be an extremely stressful time. Anyone wishing to book on a course should check out our events page on facebook or contact us on 01785 472224 to arrange one of your own.

At AEDdonate we work 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.