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NHS to give 30 defibrillators to local community groups

Thirty life saving defibrillators are being given to local communities by the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

They're designed to be operated by anyone, with a step-by-step guide for users in case of a suspected heart attack.

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The NHS Trust wants to hear from organisations that might benefit from having one of the devices close to hand.

Following a routine upgrade of the trust's defibrillators, Tracy Storey and Danielle Walker, from the Cardiac Arrest Prevention Team, saw an opportunity to give the existing defibrillators away.

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Tracy said:

"It's important to have the latest equipment. But the AED's we're giving away are in excellent working order and have been fully maintained.

The beauty of automated external defibrillators is that they're designed for anyone to use, no medical knowledge is necessary. You switch it on and not only does an automated voice talk you through what to do, but pictures demonstrating how to use the machine also come up on a small screen.

The most important thing is to have a defibrillator close by when a sudden cardiac arrest happens, and that's where we come in.

– Tracy Storey



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