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Number of community-based defibrillators soars in Yorkshire

Number of community-based defibrillators soars in Yorkshire

Published at 6:02am 7th May 2017.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service says nearly 400 community public access defibrillators (cPADs) have been registered in the last 12 months.

It means that there are now 883 life-saving cPADs across Yorkshire which can be accessed around the clock by members of the public and used on patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest.

The service is working with community groups and charities, including the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, Heartbeat of Sport and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charitable Fund, to encourage the introduction of as many cPADs as possible.

Ambulance services attempt resuscitation on nearly 30,000 people suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year.

Two of the most important factors influencing survival are the early use of effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation.

Defibrillation is achieved by the use of a cPAD which gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

The patient's chances of survival fall by around 7 to 10% for every minute that defibrillation is delayed.

Community defibrillator Lizzie Jones and Dave Jones

Lizzie Jones, from the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, and Dave Jones from Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Paul Stevens, Head of Community Resilience for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "We are thrilled that almost 400 additional cPADs have been registered with the ambulance service during the last financial year. This is a massive achievement, because every second counts when a cardiac arrest occurs.

"With fast and effective CPR and defibrillation, the patient's chances of survival increase significantly, so the more defibrillators we have in our communities and the more people trained in CPR, the better."

Defibrillators are easy to use, compact, portable and very effective.

All that is required to use a defibrillator is to recognise that someone who has collapsed may have suffered a cardiac arrest (unresponsive and not breathing normally) and to attach the two adhesive pads (electrodes) which are used to connect the defibrillator to the patient's bare chest.

Through these pads, the defibrillator can both monitor the heart's electrical rhythm and deliver a shock when it is needed.

The defibrillator provides audible instructions and most models also provide visual prompts on a screen.

In addition to the 883 cPADS across Yorkshire, which can be accessed in their cabinet by getting a security code from a 999 ambulance operator, there are also 2,447 defibrillators at locations including GP practices, railway stations, supermarkets, offices, shopping centres and police stations which can be accessed by members of the public when that facility is open.

If you are thinking about buying a defibrillator for your community, contact the Community Resilience Department in the first instance by e-mailing:

If you have not registered your defibrillator, e-mail dave.jones@yas.nhs.uk