Ten potentially life saving defibrillators will be placed around campuses at the University of Southampton for students, staff and members of the public to use if someone goes into cardiac arrest.
They will be at Highfield, Avenue and Boldrewood campuses, as well as the Winchester School of Arts.
External defibrillators can be used to shock an arrested heart back into rhythm before the arrival of an ambulance. They don’t require any specialist expertise and can be used by anyone, which is particularly important, as evidence shows they can triple the chances of survival.
The University of Southampton’s Professor Charles Deakin recently carried out a study highlighting the need for greater public access to defibrillators in Hampshire.
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen unexpectedly to anyone and the use of a public access defibrillator greatly increases the chances of survival if available in the seconds before an ambulance arrives. They are very straightforward and safe to use and involve no more than applying sticky pads to the patient's chest and pressing the 'start' button.
The University of Southampton is to be commended in its decision to install ten defibrillators across the campuses which will undoubtedly be used, and in time, save lives. They are setting a standard to which all public institutions should aspire.”
Sam Mangoro suffered a cardiac arrest during a PE lesson. He would have died within minutes without help. But his school had just bought a defibrillator and teachers shocked his heart into beating again. Now Sam is campaigning to get defibrillators in all schools. He's been speaking to Kerry Swain.
A new app for your mobile phone which shows you your nearest defibrillator, has been launched by South Central Ambulance. It includes the location of more than 600 of the machines in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire
Statistics show that in cases of sudden cardiac arrest outside hospital, only 1 in 10 people survive. However, when bystanders provide CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before emergency medical services personnel arrive, as many as 4 in 10 victims survive.
This innovative new app is a real lifesaver. Modern AEDs are incredibly simple to use - even a child could do it, and the ability of people to be more confident in giving CPR and to quickly locate their nearest AED and use it on a person suffering a suspected cardiac arrest could save thousands of lives each year."
– Professor Charles Deakin, SCAS Divisional Medical Director
The ambulance service in the South East has condemned the theft of a defibrillator from a cricket club in West Malling.
“Defibrillators are such vital pieces of life-saving equipment. It’s really sad that someone has done this. It’s completely mindless and will be of no benefit to those who stole it. I’d urge anyone who has any information at all to come forward immediately.”
– Darren Reynolds, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)
Thieves have put members of a village community in potential danger by snatching life-saving equipment from West Malling Cricket Club.
The defibrillator in West Malling has not yet been required to save a life, but hung on the side of the pavilion off Norman Road just in case.
Just after 12pm on Sunday 27 January, club maintenance man Chris Gosney discovered it was missing.
He said: “It would be terrible if, suddenly, we needed it and it wasn't there. It could potentially cost someone their life.”
West Malling Cricket Club was offered a defibrillator last year by South East Coast Ambulance Service in the wake of the heart scare suffered by 23-year-old Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba.
Should someone suffer a cardiac arrest, the defibrillator can detect if an electric shock to the heart would be appropriate. The machine, worth £800, will not administer a shock if one is not required.