What is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)?
- Sudden cardiac arrest occurs because the normal electrical rhythm that controls the heart is replaced by a chaotic disorganised electrical rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF).
- An AED delivers a high energy electric shock to a victim in sudden cardiac arrest to restore the heart’s normal rhythm.
- AEDs are compact, portable, easy to use and guide the operator through the process with prompts and commands.
- The AED analyses precisely the victim’s heart rhythm and will only deliver a shock if it is required.
Why we need an Automated External Defibrillator:
- Ambulance Services in England attempt resuscitation in nearly 30,000 people suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year. In the majority of these cases the primary cause of the arrest is an abnormality of the heart.
- Only 7–8% of people in whom resuscitation is attempted survive to hospital discharge.
- Survival can be increased significantly by the early use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillators either by members of the public or the emergency services.
- The ideal time window to provide defibrillation is within the 3 - 5 minutes of sudden cardiac arrest, although this period can be extended if a bystander provides effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation, particularly chest compressions.
- The ambulance service is unlikely to arrive quickly enough to resuscitate most victims.
- The longer the attempted resuscitation is delayed, the worse the outcome. In patients with a shockable heart rhythm, there is approximately a 10% reduction in survival for every minute’s delay in providing defibrillation. However, the chance of survival can be increased two-to-threefold by the immediate provision of bystander CPR.
How much we need to raise:
We need to raise approximately £16500 to buy the defibrillator (including a lockable cabinet to store it in).
Our target also includes the installation of the AED & Crowdfunder Fees.
Any funds raised over our target will go towards ongoing maintenance and replacement equipment.
Location of Automated External Defibrillator:
Once purchased we hope to locate the AED on an external wall on the Village Hall.