Can you imagine finding somebody in need of a defibrillator immediately, and not knowing where the nearest one is and watching them pass away?
AEDs have dramatically evolved over the past few years and have become incredibly easy and simple to use – even an untrained civilian. The movement towards easy to use defibrillators has pushed forward the need them to be available in all public facilities.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device, used in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. If required, the AED will send electric shocks to the heart in order to restore a normal rhythm. Thankfully, AEDs are becoming more readily available to the public in the UK and can now be found up and down the country in a whole host of public places, from leisure centres, schools, libraries, medical services, town halls and many more!
However, unfortunately, the majority of people don’t know where their nearest defibrillator is: a worrying fact considering it kills over 140,000 people every year in the UK alone. Even more worrying is the fact that studies by the British Heart Foundation show that only 22% in the UK would use a defibrillator in an emergency.
Every minute counts when someone has a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. A heart needs to be restarted within 4 minutes if not, the chance of survival is drastically lowered by 80%. Even in ideal conditions, emergency services are unable to reach victims with the first 4 minutes and this is why it’s crucial everybody knows where their nearest defibrillator is. There are a few simple steps that anybody witnessing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or finding a victim can take to help save a life. The individual should call 999, perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) if one is available. Regrettably, people lack the skills, ability and confidence to help a victim. The number of cases when an AED is used on a victim is exceedingly low, as little as 0.15% of Sudden Cardiac Arrests that occur outside of hospitals.
Although the movement towards more defibrillators in public places is firmly on track, the UK is still behind a whole host of nations that have double the UK’s survival rate. To name a few, USA, Norway & Holland, in these nations, 65% of the time an AED is used on the victim before the emergency services can arrive, it’s a no-brainer why their survival rates surpass ours. Isn’t it time everybody was protected against Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
When considering which defibrillator to buy – it can be a tough decision. You need to know what type of defibrillator would be the most effective in your area. From community defibrillator packages to school and industry bundles, at Martek, we have an extensive range of defibrillators suitable for every environment. All our defibrillators are incredibly easy to use, easily identifiable and safe. Multiple independent tests gave our range 100/100 in terms of safety, usability and practicality – making them the industry-leading defibrillator.
Knowing where your local defibrillator is the difference between life and death. Find out where your nearest defibrillator is, how to access it and ensure it works.