27 Feb 2015 - Bolton Businesses Receive Life-saving Devices to Help Citizens

Residents in Bolton are to benefit from up to 15 new vital life-saving pieces of equipment provided by North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS).

Funded by Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, the 15 businesses within the town have each received an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as a donation from NWAS.

In cases of cardiac arrest, AEDs deliver an electric pulse through the chest, in an attempt to restore normal heart rhythm.  A patient’s chance of survival decreases 10 per cent for every one minute that passes without defibrillation; with the application of an AED within five minutes of collapse, the best possible chance of survival is maintained.

David McNally, Community Resuscitation Manager for Greater Manchester, said: “It’s great to see businesses in Bolton taking steps to get vital life-saving equipment that will benefit both their employees and members of the public nearby. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, it is vital to recognise the emergency, to start CPR but also to get the AED and apply the pads. The machines are so simple to use and you really cannot do any further harm to the patient. They only allow you to deliver a shock if a patient is in a specific rhythm.”

David adds: “The placement of these defibrillators in public places is already saving lives across the North West. It is raising awareness on CPR and why it is so important to recognise a cardiac arrest and start providing help.                

“The Chain of Survival initiative focuses on four key immediate actions, which when delivered in sequence will give the patient a greater chance of survival; these are:  early access – call 999, early CPR, early defibrillation and early advanced care.  By having access to a defibrillator and a trained user on site, it means that three of these life-saving actions can be carried out, possibly before the ambulance has even arrived.”

NWAS launched a campaign last month at the House of Commons calling for it to be compulsory to place AEDs in all public places, and is striving to make it compulsory for school leavers to learn crucial life-saving skills such as CPR.

The Trust also encourages organisations to register their defibrillator with the ambulance service through the Cardiac Smart website http://www.cardiacsmart.nwas.nhs.uk and by clicking on the tab “tell us about your defibrillator”.

For advice and information regarding public defibrillators, contact Community Resuscitation Manager David McNally by email at david.mcnally@nwas.nhs.uk.