On 1st May 2019, we launched a brand new campaign, with a mission to install 1,000 Community Access Defibrillators across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
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.
The campaign kicked off with an install in a residential area with no defibrillator provision at all. The defibrillator (picture) is installed onto a wooden post just off the roadside meaning it is visible and easily accessible to anyone needing it in an emergency. The defibrillator is registered with the ambulance service and anyone needing it should call 999.
This site was funded by donations from local residents and supported with funding from the AEDdonate charity shop. The defibrillator will be checked once a week to ensure the machine is ready to respond when needed.
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.