Leading charities push for national defibrillator database

A group of leading charities and health organisations have launched a new project with an aim to create a new national database of defibrillators. The programme, called ‘The Circuit’, is encouraging people who look after defibrillators in places such as offices, communities, shopping centres, leisure centres, and in public places, to register their defibrillator on the new database. It aims to replace the regional databases in place, hoping to register potentially 70,000 additional defibrillators, and therefore help to direct people to the nearest defibrillator when somebody is having a cardiac arrest.A statement released by the British Heart Foundation highlights: “There are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests every year in the UK, but fewer than one in ten people survive. Every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by up to 10 per cent in some instances, but immediate CPR and defibrillation can more than double the chances of survival.”

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation, commented: “Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest and, alongside CPR, prompt use of a defibrillator is critical in giving them the best chance of survival. To put it simply, knowing where the nearest defibrillator is could be the difference between life and death.

“The Circuit is pioneering technology which will help emergency services direct bystanders more quickly to a defibrillator when someone collapses with a cardiac arrest. But for The Circuit to save lives, it is vital that the tens of thousands of unregistered defibrillators across the UK are put on the system.

“If you, or somebody you know is a defibrillator guardian, then we urge you to register your device on The Circuit. You could help save a life.”

James Radford, Director of Strategy and Communications at St John Ambulance, added: “First aid, including CPR and early defibrillation, saves lives so we’re proud to be working with our partners to help ensure all defibrillator locations are known to the ambulance trusts and accessible when someone is in cardiac arrest.”

The programme is being led by the British Heart Foundation, Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance and Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.

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