If someone’s suffering cardiac arrest, defibrillators are a must in order to save their life… and while some places have lots of these devices on hand just in case, it would seem that other parts of the UK could make improvements in this regard.
Norwich city centre appears to be one of these, with the Eastern Daily Press reporting that the metropolis has just two defibrillators that are accessible 24 hours a day. Although there are many kept inside shops, businesses and leisure centres, once these shut up for the day access to these life-saving devices go – so there are fewer available to be used in an emergency.
The East of England Ambulance Service Trust has joined with other charities to call for more devices to be bought. A spokesman for the Trust was quoted by the news source as saying: “There are already more than 620 defibrillators publically available across Norfolk, but we will always support more being installed as we see the very real difference they make to people’s lives.”
February is National Heart Month, so now’s the time for you as an individual or as part of your wider organisation to focus on leading healthier, longer lives. It doesn’t take much to focus on your heart health – perhaps focus on your diet to start with, eating more fruit, vegetables and starchy foods, and replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats.
Share your stories across social media channels using the hashtag #nationalheartmonth and see what other people have been up to as well.