In the UK approximately 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside hospital and are treated by emergency medical services every year. A patient's chance of survival decreases by around 10% per minute following a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). As such it is vital that emergency medical treatment begins as soon as possible.
Approximately 95% of people who have SCA die from it-most within minutes. Rapid treatment of SCA with a defibrillator or AED can be lifesaving. For every minute a defibrillator is away from a patient, their chances of survival decrease by 7-10 % and without a defibrillator the chances of survival are 5-6% with Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) only.
We as Community First Responders are a team of volunteers who live in the Tadley area. We are trained and activated by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust to attend certain calls where time can make the difference between life and death. Such calls would include Chest Pain, Breathing Difficulties, Cardiac Arrest, Unconsciousness, Fitting, Choking, Seizures, Diabetic Emergencies and some Traumatic emergencies (not road traffic collisions), but we are not always available as we may already be on another call, and most of us also have day jobs too.
If we are not around then there are only 6 Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPAD) in the local area, all of which we have fitted recently. We believe there should be more.
Our aim is to put as many of these CPAD’s in the local area as possible. The initial aim is to raise enough money to supply and fit 10 CPAD’s locally.
Each defibrillator and cabinet costs £1,800 with an additional £200 (approx) to fit it depending on the individual location. The units also require an electricity supply to maintain the optimum temperature in the unit and power the keypad (approx £30 p.a.).
Placement and Availability
We also believe that the location of a Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPAD’s) should take in to account where large groups of people live or gather, regardless of age or activity. Children as well as adults may fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
Our CPAD’s will, we hope, be found on the external walls of buildings, unused phone boxes and other public locations. They are in locked cabinets with a key safe on the front, the ambulance service will provide the number should it be needed.
Should the CPAD be required the caller on the end of the 999 call will be told where the nearest defibrillator is located, if it is required, and they will be given a code to open the digital lock. This will allow the caller to take the portable defibrillator and use it confidently.
If you require any additional information or if you have a location where we could fit a defibrillator please don’t hesitate to contact us.