Two defibrillators have been launched in Bridlington as part of a national campaign to help protect people from one of the UK’s biggest killers – sudden cardiac arrest.
The AEDs (automated external defibrillators) have been placed at Applegarth Court, on Applegarth Lane, and at Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Trainer shop, on Quay Road, as part of Housing & Care 21’s Hearts & Homes campaign.
Kris Peach, director of extra care at Housing & Care 21, said: “Tens of thousands of people die every year in the UK after suffering sudden cardiac arrest and the statistics show using a defibrillator could save many of those lives.”
They can be used by anyone to shock someone’s heart back into rhythm if they suffer a cardiac arrest and are placed in external cabinets so they are available for the whole community to use.
Housing & Care 21 installed a device at Applegarth Court, an extra care housing scheme for older people, and another device was donated to Yorkshire Ambulance Trust by the organisation to say thank you for the work it is doing to provide familiarisation training to residents and staff at Applegarth and other schemes it runs in Yorkshire and the Humber.
An estimated 60,000 people die every year in the UK after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest and using an AED with CPR can increase survival chances from 5% to up to 75%.
Paul Stevens, Head of Community Resilience at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “The importance of the Chain of Survival, including early recognition, calling 999, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation, cannot be underestimated.
“These pieces of kit have the potential to save lives and are an important asset to any community.”