A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
Use of a defibrillator, combined with CPR, is the only effective treatment for a person who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
SCA is a condition where the heart either stops or beats in such a chaotic way it doesn’t pump blood around the body. It can happen to anyone of any age and often without warning. SCA remains the UK’s single biggest cause of death, killing approximately 60,000 people each year. Nationally, the average survival rates from SCA outside of hospital are around 7% but it’s possible to increase survival rates to more than 60% if CPR and a defibrillator are used prior to the ambulance arriving.
We are running a campaign to increase the number of public access defibrillators (PADs) in the city so that more life-saving help is available to anyone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.