If you're serious about saving the life of someone you love, a colleague or neighbour then you must use an AED within 5 minutes of collapse. At just £599 + vat can you afford to be without one? Will the emergency services reach you in time?
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West Sussex, United Kingdom (PRWeb UK) March 23, 2010
The Defib Centre Ltd, the Sussex-based sudden cardiac arrest information resource and authorised distributor of UK-manufactured HeartSine Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) has just introduced the Worlds cheapest home defibrillator for use by the lay rescuer.
According to the British Heart foundation, sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 2,000 people in the UK every week. It is the UK’s biggest killer, claiming more victims than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. It is these appalling statistics that motivated Robin Shepherd, former Channel 5 and BBC1 Watchdog "back expert", to set up The Defib Centre.
“A cardiac arrest will completely drain the life from someone within 10 minutes. But, instead of standing by and watching that happen, with a little training and an essential, affordable, easy-to-use piece of equipment, you can improve their chance of survival dramatically,” says Shepherd.
“Imagine that you find someone - perhaps your husband, wife or work colleague - who has collapsed. What do you do? Call 999 and hope the emergency services get there in time? If an automated external defibrillator(AED) is used alongside cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within the first 5 minutes of an attack, the survival rate goes up from less than 5% to over 60%. With over 80% of cardiac arrests happening outside a hospital, and mostly in the home, it could be down to you whether someone close to you lives or dies! Is the ambulance response time to your home less than 5 minutes?”
A home AED from The Defib Centre - http://www.thedefibcentre.co.uk - can be purchased for as little as £599+VAT - and the price includes a free CPR/AED training kit. The HeartSine PDU (Personal Defibrillation Unit) was designed specifically for simplicity of use; the size of a radio, with a 5 year battery life it has only two buttons to press, and no heavy paddles dripping with gloop to wave about . . . but you do still get to say: "Stand clear!" The AED will only shock if a shock is advised; it won’t do any harm and cannot be overridden. No one has never been taken to court for trying to save a life with an AED, whatever the outcome. And it is easy to use; a study in "Circulation" showed that a group of 12-year-olds, who had never seen an AED before, successfully delivered a shock in just 23 seconds longer than trained paramedics.
Another surprising - and sad - fact is that you are probably better off having a cardiac arrest in a casino in America, a brothel in Switzerland, on an airplane or in a train, as they all have AEDs available and can get to you in those critical first 5 minutes. At home - without access to an AED - your chances of survival are incredibly slim. Things would be significantly better if everyone in the UK was trained in CPR and in the use of AEDs - as is the case, increasingly in many European countries and America, often as part of their school curriculum.
The Defib Centre’s director, Robin Shepherd, DO, recognises the problem and is making every effort to improve this situation: “Ask if there's an AED in your gym, in your school, at your workplace, and if there isn't, suggest that they get one,” he says. “If you’re serious about saving a life, then buy an AED for your home and get some basic training in life support. The training package that comes free with every AED simply and quickly shows you how to perform CPR and use an AED, enough for anyone to be safe and successful - it’s a great starter and will arm you with everything you need to know to save a life. The Defib Centre is driven by passion, not profit, and our aim is to make AEDs available everywhere and for everyone, next to every fire extinguisher in the country."
To purchase an AED, click here: http://www.thedefibcentre.co.uk/shop/home.php?cat=1