Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the UK (currently approx 60,000 per year). It is a sudden, severe disturbance of the heart’s normal rhythm (arrythmia) that results in either the heart not beating or beating too fast or too slow to sustain life. It kills more people than breast, bowel and lung cancer combined and yet is reversible in approximately 75% of cases if prompt treatment is available.
That treatment is bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and Defibrillation.
Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable, easy to use (all instructions are talked through to the user at time of use) and safe. The AED performs an initial ECG (electrical check of the heart) and determines if a shock is required to correct the arrythmia through pads attached to the victim’s chest. The AED will deliver a shock via these pads if necessary. The user is guided through every stage with clear and easy to follow instructions, without the need for previous training.
Our purpose is to raise funds, place AEDs in suitable cabinets in public places, making them available 24 hours per day every day and train the public in CPR and how to use AEDs.