Free life-saving equipment available for organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber

Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by KCFM

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The British Heart Foundation wants to create safer communities.

Organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber are being encouraged to apply for free life-saving equipment.

Only 1 in 5 people in the region would be confident to use a defibrillator, despite doubling the chances of a person’s survival when used.

When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by around 10% every minute.

The British Heart Foundation now wants to make defibrillators and CPR training more widely available, to help make communities safer.

In the UK there are more than 30,000 hospital cardiac arrests every year, with fewer than one in ten people surviving.

When defibrillators have been available and CPR has been widely taught, survival rates can increase of up to three times.

The BHF believes nearly 5,000 additional lives could be saved each year if more people were aware of how to act in an emergency situation.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, says:

“Every year, people needlessly lose their lives to cardiac arrests because not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform CPR and too few defibrillators are readily available in public places.

“We’re urging organisations up and down the country to join us in creating a Nation of Lifesavers by making public access defibrillators readily available in their communities and by giving people the skills and confidence to save a life.

“This initiative really could mean the difference between life and death for the thousands of people that suffer a cardiac arrest in England every year.”

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Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by KCFM

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