Lifesaving stories: the importance of defibrillators
Up to seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could
survive if they are treated with a defibrillator within the first
five minutes, but more than half of Britons (53%) have no idea
where their nearest life saving equipment is.
We believe that defibrillators should be available in as many
places as possible. The following case studies show the importance
of having a defibrillator nearby should it ever be needed.
Dad saves son’s life
Cole had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at just seven years
old. His dad, Wayne, saved his life by performing CPR. Cole was
given a 5% chance of survival that day, but if a defibrillator had
been on hand, his chance of survival would have increased to around
Safety first at Barratt Developments Plc
Barratt Developments Plc will be installing more than 400
defibrillators across all their sites and offices, making life
saving equipment easily accessible to both staff and residents of
their areas. Their understanding of the importance of
defibrillators won them the Organisation of the Year: High Risk
Category award at our Everyday Heroes Awards in
Theatre’s defibrillator delivered a life saving shock to
A cardiac arrest can happen at any time, anywhere. Judith was
out at the theatre when she got to her seat, took off her coat and
then collapsed with no warning. St John Ambulance volunteer
Kristian Keyte was in the audience and rushed quickly to Judith’s
aid, identified she was in cardiac arrest and immediately started
CPR. Craig, one of the two St John Ambulance volunteers on duty
that evening, joined Kristian with the theatre’s defibrillator,
which delivered a single life saving shock to Judith’s heart.
Magistrates Court installs a life saving defibrillator
A life saving defibrillator has been installed at a Kent court,
following the death of a highly respected and popular Crown
Prosecution Service solicitor, Matthew Quantrill, in June
Those who worked closely with him felt a defibrillator would be a
welcome addition to the court building and a positive outcome
following his death, so they launched a fundraising drive to buy
the life saving equipment.
The money raised was used to fund the defibrillator and a training
course, so more people have the confidence to use the potentially
life saving equipment should they need to.