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Campaign launched to find defibrillators

Campaign launched to find defibrillators

Published at 6:03am 2nd October 2017.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) has launched a campaign to hunt down life-saving defibrillators across the region.

We are being urged to take selfies with the life-saving kit when we are out and about and send them to YAS on social media using the hashtag #YASDefibHunt and confirm the exact location.

Some defibrillators are bought with the best of intentions, but are not registered with YAS.

It is essential that the Trust knows the locations of all defibrillators so that staff in the Emergency Operations Centre can direct 999 callers to them in the event of a patient suffering a cardiac arrest nearby.

Paul Stevens, Head of Community Resilience for YAS, said: "There are now over 2,400 defibrillators across Yorkshire - but there are many more which have not been registered on the YAS database.

"We need to make sure that every single defibrillator that is purchased across the county is registered with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, so we can ensure they are put to good use in the event of a cardiac arrest.

"We would urge members of the public to support our YAS Defib Hunt which will ultimately help us to save more lives."

The location of defibrillators, often in yellow or green cabinets, can sometimes be marked with a white heart on a green background, or they could just be mounted on a wall behind a bar, in gyms, leisure centres, offices, tourist information centres, schools, colleges, railway stations or restaurants.

Defibrillators are easy to use, easy to carry, provide audible instructions to the user and will not deliver a shock unless it is required. 

No training is required to use the equipment.

The campaign is being run to mark Shoctober - a national initiative to raise awareness about the importance of defibrillators - and ties in with the Trust's plans to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to more than 25,000 secondary school children on Restart a Heart Day on 16 October.

A cardiac arrest happens when a person's heart stops pumping blood around their body and to their brain.

The earlier a patient can receive CPR and a shock from a defibrillator, the greater their chance of survival.

If you see a defibrillator, take a selfie with it and send it to YAS with details of the exact location (building number/name, street, town/city) and the hashtag #YASDefibHunt via:

Twitter - @YorksAmbulance

Facebook - @yorkshireambulanceservice

Instagram - @YorksAmbulance

E-mail -

If you don't want to send a photo, just send the location details and YAS will make sure that they are all logged on the system and ready to use in an emergency.