Lifesaving defibrillator installed for local community

Defib Donation

To help someone who is in cardiac arrest, a defibrillator should be found as quickly as possible. For every minute it takes for the defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival reduce by 10%[1].

Today Market Place in Bolton unveiled a newly installed automated external defibrillator (AED). With over 7 million visitors per year, the shopping centre is a hub of activity for the local community. The new lifesaving equipment will ensure more people across Bolton have access to a defibrillator should an emergency arise.

Donated by staff at The Beaumont Hospital, Executive Director Wyn Davies said “We are proud to be celebrating 35 years of caring for the community and it was important to us that we mark the occasion.”

Wyn continued “Our dedicated team have held a number of events over the last 12 months to raise funds for the community AED and I am thrilled to see it now installed at Market Place where it will benefit so many people.”

Each year UK ambulance services respond to approximately 60,000 cases of suspected cardiac arrest, although resuscitation is attempted in less than half [2]. The community response to cardiac arrest is critical to saving lives.

Nikki Wilson-Cook, Centre Manager at Market Place commented, “Installation of this defibrillator will enable our staff and visitors to perform lifesaving CPR. Located in the heart of Bolton we are privileged to support the local community and are grateful to The Beaumont Hospital for their kind donation.”

References:

(1) https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/defibrillators
(2) https://www.resus.org.uk/resuscitation-guidelines/adult-basic-life-support-and-automated-external-defibrillation/#improving

Date: 19th June 2019