Defibrillators for Skegness 2017 August
Currently only 1 out of 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest. However, immediate CPR and Defibrillation within 3–5 min of a collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50–70%. This can be achieved through public access defibrillation, when a bystander uses a nearby public access defibrillator to deliver the first shock.
LIVES is a charity in Lincolnshire that supports 700 volunteers who respond to more than 20,000 999 medical emergencies, ranging from falls to road traffic collisions and chest pains to cardiac arrests. As such, Skegness Rotary sought out LIVES to work with them to ensure that the town of Skegness is as prepared as it can be in the case of cardiac arrest and that help is received immediately.
We worked with LIVES to develop a major project that will see a large number of public access defibrillators placed strategically across the town of Skegness. In February this year we held a " Swimathon" which this raised £10,000 in one day, this money along with other funds enabled us to purchase an initial batch of 13 defibrillators, which we are now starting to install around the town. When we have approached local business about siting them several have offered to purchase them from us meaning that we will now be siting 20 of them around the town. This is not nearly enough !
A lot of defibrillators are purchased and installed on an ad-hoc basis, based on local business interest, and we think we may be the first town to look at a ‘whole town’ approach, ensuring these life-saving bits of equipment are placed strategically in the right place across the town.