This week 17 defibrillators were installed on Edinburgh Trams as part of an ongoing project by the St John and the City Defibrillator Project to provide lifesaving devices throughout the City. Charlie Miller is delighted to be one of the first donor businesses to support this very worthy cause which also sees Edinburgh Trams as the first public transport organisation in the UK to have public access defibrillators (PADs) on all their fleet. Read the full story here http://bit.ly/2lRQ1gi
Use of a defibrillator within three to five minutes of a cardiac arrest can increase survival rates by up to 75 per cent. Each one comes with a recorded message to explain how to use them.
What is a defibrillator and when should it be used?
- It is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall and should be used when someone is in cardiac arrest.
- A cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. If someone has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they are in cardiac arrest.
- Defibrillators are now commonplace in public areas such as train stations, shopping centres, airports and leisure centres.
- These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency.
- The British Heart Foundation says that you should not be afraid to use a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.