Mole Valley's 50th Public Defibrillator Installed
Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and Ashtead Tennis Players Club recently installed the district's 50th Public Access Defibrillator (PAD). Situated at the front of the clubhouse, this small device can save the life of someone who has gone into sudden cardiac arrest by delivering an electric shock to restart the heart.
MVDC has been working with local communities and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) to install PADs throughout the district since 2016. The machines provide clear visual and verbal instructions, making them easy for anyone to use in an emergency.
Every year in Britain around 30,000 people are struck by sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital. If victims aren't treated properly, more often than not cardiac arrests are fatal. Every minute without defibrillation reduces a victim's survival rate by seven to ten per cent. If a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from six per cent to 74 per cent.*
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor David Draper, said: "The figures speak for themselves; defibrillators can make the difference between life and death. As part of our commitment to increasing the health and wellbeing of our residents, we are delighted to continue our ongoing scheme of installing these life-saving devices throughout the district. We're not stopping at 50, and are currently looking into where else they should be."
Working with the British Heart Foundation and SECAmb, MVDC has run more than 50 free emergency life support skills courses for Mole Valley's communities, training more than a thousand residents. These courses, named Heartstart, cover a number of areas, including how to use a PAD, give CPR and how to tell the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest.
Find out more: www.molevalley.gov.uk/heartstart