When cardiac arrest occurs would you know what to do?

Every year in the UK 100,000 people die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) making it one of the nation's biggest killers. Knowing how to give CPR and having access to a defibrillator really does save lives and Rotary members from Redditch Kingfisher and Astwood Bank are ready to take action with a new community defibrillator and CPR training programme.

Inspired by the work of local charity the Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation, members have taken up the challenge to further support the local community by publicising the local defibrillator network map, identifying where additional units are required, ensuring ongoing maintenance is in place and raising funds to purchase more Public Access Defibrillators (PADs); to complement this programme is the vital provision of CPR training and general advocacy.

Anyone can suffer from SCA regardless of age or fitness level anywhere, at any time. When your heart has stopped beating, every second counts and that's when access to a defibrillator and knowledge of CPR is essential.

A project such as this is not something delivered by a single group, it takes collaboration and cooperation so, to ensure success, we will link with other community and public groups such as First Responders, Schools, the Health Service and the Local Authority.

The ultimate aim is to ensure that all public access areas such as shopping centres, community centres, parkland areas, rural locations and community/village shopping precincts house a defibrillator and that people in the area are confident to use the equipment, but importantly know it is available.

Retrospective research proves that increasing the automated external defibrillator effective location range, can improve cardiac arrest coverage by 15%. This means that the easier it is to access a defibrillator the greater the chance of survival. CPR training and PADs do save lives; all we need to do is raise our skills and be ready to take action…

Get Involved

We need you to publicise the project and help raise the funds that will support the purchase of new units and importantly, ensure that each one is maintained and ready to use. To help, simply go to https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/community-defibrillators/to make a donation. With the funds raised locally, we can apply for additional Rotary Foundation funding to support the ongoing programme.

If there is a defibrillator near you, we’d like to know the location. We will take this information, cross-reference it to the central database and schedule a visit to check it is ready for use. If it’s training you would like to access, just drop an email to hello@astwoodbankrotary.orgto find out more.

When we work together to support the community, everyone benefits…