08 April 2016 - NWAS Paramedic’s ‘Disgust’ At Defibrillator Vandalism

A North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) paramedic has spoken of his ‘disgust’ and ‘disappointment’ at the vandalism of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in Partington.

David Blowers, based in the Greater Manchester town, worked for many months in order to get the AED allocated at Partington Shopping Centre back in January. Vandals have now put people suffering from cardiac arrests in the area at even greater risk by damaging a life-saving device, which was funded by NWAS at the cost of £1,500 - £2,000.

The purpose of these vital pieces of equipment is to provide essential assistance to someone suffering a life-threatening cardiac arrest as early as possible. Defibrillators can ‘shock’ a person’s heart into restarting and if this can be done in the first few minutes, patients have a 60-70 per cent chance of making a full recovery.

NWAS has been informed that the AED was vandalised on 31 March.  

David Blowers said: “It’s extremely disappointing that this AED has been vandalised, our team worked so hard to get it installed to protect the lives of residents in Partington.

 “When defibrillators are not available, because of theft or vandalism, the rate of survival is significantly reduced and for every minute defibrillation is delayed the chances of a patient surviving decreases by 10%. If anyone has any information about the vandalism please contact the local police.”

Did you see anything? Do you have any information regarding this incident? If so, contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 and quote the incident number ‘928’ for 31 March 2016.