Thursday, February 02, 2012

Community Heartbeat Defibrillators Video Interview with West Lancashire Mayoress Sue Murrin Bailey

Community Heartbeat: Supporting Community Defibrillation.

West Lancashire Mayoress Sue Murrin Bailey explains why she, as Mayoress, is advocating the support of community defibrillation.

The Community Heartbeat Trust provides life saving equipment which in the event of someone having a heart attack will dramatically increase their chances of survival.

What is a defibrillator?  A defibrillator is a life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest. This is called defibrillation and can save lives.

Community Heartbeat Defibrillator
Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. When someone has a cardiac arrest, defibrillation needs to be prompt.

For every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by 14 per cent. Research shows that applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chances of survival.  

Getting defibrillators into the right places: Defibrillators, need to be placed strategically – in areas where there is a high incidence of cardiac arrest and where it's difficult for an ambulance to get quickly.

Rural areas, communities with poor road networks or traffic congestion, and where large crowds gather are all places where we need defibrillators the most.

These units each cost £1700

Do you live in West Lancashire and can you help the Mayoress raise funds for Community Heartbeat or would you like to make a donation to the charities - please contact Ann England in the Mayor's Office on 01695 585033 or email

Do you want to save lives in your community?

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