We know how crucial lifesaving defibrillators are to anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.
Having a defibrillator on hand at the Euros, undoubtedly saved footballer Christian Eriksen’s life – something these vital pieces of equipment have been doing for years.
A defibrillator may also be referred to as a defib, an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) or a PAD (Public Access Defibrillator). Statistics show that if a defibrillator is used on a patient within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, they have a 60-70 percent chance of making a full recovery.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) say that there are 10,600 defibrillators registered within their 999 system throughout the North West. When a 999 call is received for someone NWAS believe may be in cardiac arrest, they can check in seconds if there is one local to the address of the emergency. If there is one located nearby which is available, whether in an external cabinet or inside a building, they can inform those at the scene exactly where it is and how to access it.
The more accessible defibrillators there are, the more lives can be saved.
If there are any organisations, companies or individuals in the North West who wish to purchase a defibrillator, either for wider public use or private use, NWAS can help with everything you need to know. NWAS have several partnerships with defibrillator providers, which can result in significant cost savings, and they can provide guidance on how to safely maintain the device to ensure it is always ready to potentially save a life.
Please contact NWAS on [email protected] for more information.
If you already have a defibrillator and would like to register it, complete this form: https://form.jotformeu.com/61873324400348
Always remember, if you suspect someone if having a cardiac arrest, immediately call 999.
Defibrillators can be found at many locations throughout Wirral, including at schools and private businesses. The following are some of the Wirral Council locations for defibrillators:
- Frankby Cemetery (outside the office)
- Beechwood Recreation Centre (outside on the wall)
- Outside the Treasury Building, Argyle Street, Birkenhead
- Landican Cemetery (outside the crematorium between central Chapel and South Chapel)
- Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (outside the ticket office)
- Outside Eastham Library
- West Kirby Concourse (outside the library)
- Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston (outside the Visitor Centre on theatre wall)