The six new public access defibrillators can be found outside:
These buildings are in, or close to, areas of high footfall meaning that there is a higher likelihood of a sudden cardiac arrest happening there. The selected locations are also easy to locate meaning that the defibrillator can be accessed quickly as speed is a crucial factor in how effective a defibrillator can be.
Several organisations have supported getting these new defibrillators installed:
- The Northcote Hotel purchased the one located at Albert Road toilets
- Drift Bar purchased the one located at Southsea Library
- Southsea Tennis Club joint funded the one at their venue
- Liberty Group installed the defibrillators at the Civic Offices, Landport Housing Office, North End Library, Southsea Library and Albert Road toilets for free as part of their CSR activity.
Three additional public access defibrillators should also shortly be getting installed at Eastney Coffee Cup, PCMI in Cosham and the Royal British Legion in Fratton. Liberty will also be assisting in installing these for free.
Each year in England, emergency services are called to approximately 30,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest. This occurs when the heart stops pumping blood effectively around the body. This will cause the person to lose consciousness, and without intervention can be fatal within minutes. If a defibrillator is used promptly and in conjunction with CPR, it is often possible to restore the heart’s electrical rhythm and save a person’s life.