An out of hospital cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating due to a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system. Anyone, at any age, can suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. It is unpredictable and can strike at anytime, anywhere and without warning. Starting CPR before the arrival of an ambulance can double the chances of a patient’s survival.
In some countries the out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rate is 25%, in Wales it has been reported as being as low as 3%.That’s why it’s so important that everyone in Wales understand how to perform basic CPR and operate a defibrillator, as it’s the only way to re-establish the hearts natural rhythm and help improve the cardiac arrest survival rates.
More and more communities are putting Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in place to help save lives. Unfortunately not all Public Access Defibrillators are being registered with the Welsh Ambulance Service. This could mean that a cardiac arrest occurs close to the defibrillator but when the rescuer calls 999 the call handler will be unaware that there is a defibrillator close to hand, so will be unable to advise the rescuer that lifesaving equipment is nearby.
Anne Jolly founder of the cardiac charity SADS UK, wishes to ensure that Community Defibrillators are always operational and needs your assistance to put a Public Access Defibrillator Support Officer in place in North Wales to ensure that defibrillators in the region are always available and ready to help save a life.
A North Wales Public Access Defibrillator support Officer, will be a single point of contact when a community requires advice or support with a Community Public Access Defibrillator and will assist communities in keeping their site operational and fit for purpose. The support officer will inform the Welsh Ambulance Service of new community defibrillators, defibrillators out of commission (temporarily or otherwise) and will Re-instate deployed defibrillators in response to an incident and make fit for purpose as soon as is practically possible, as well as facilitate CPR/defibrillator training to communities.
This project has the real potential to save lives in North Wales. Please support us.