There’s a great defibrillator install over at the Ludlow DVSA. The fundraising campaign was completed in just 4 months after support after receiving support from local organisations. The campaign was led by DVSA examiner Gareth Price but kind donations helped conclude the project, thanks go to Premier Medical Group, Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, D.R.E & Co Chartered Accountants, Whittingham Riddell Chartered Accountants and the support from local driving instructors. The site looks fantastic and now means the area is better protected in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

The defibrillator is registered with the ambulance service and is available 24/7. Anyone needing access to a defibrillator should always call 999 in the first instance and follow further instruction from the call handler. The defibrillator 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.

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 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 (CEO AEDdonate) said ” Gareth and his team have worked hard to raise the funds but it just goes to show what can happen when everyone pulls together. A fantastic addition to the community”

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