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The Defib Centre Opens Its Doors to Raise Awareness of the Tragic Loss of Life From Cardiac Arrest

The Defib Centre Opens Its Doors to Raise Awareness of the Tragic Loss of Life From Cardiac Arrest

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Affordable easy-to-use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for use in the home are now available in the UK from The Defib Centre
Affordable easy-to-use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for use in the home are now available in the UK from The Defib Centre

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The Defib Centre Opens its Doors to Raise Awareness of the TragicLoss of Life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest
 Affordable easy-to-use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for use inthe home are now available in the UK from The Defib Centre
HeartSine® Personal Defibrillation Unit PDU 400
West Sussex, United Kingdom
– The Defib Centre Ltd, the Sussex-basedsudden cardiac arrest information resource and authorised distributor of UK-manufactured HeartSine Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) has justlaunched.According to the British Heart foundation, sudden cardiac arrest kills morethan 2,000 people in the UK every week. It is the UK’s biggest killer, claimingmore victims than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. It is theseappalling statistics that motivated Robin Shepherd, former Channel 5 andBBC1
 
Watchdog "
back expert 
", to set up The Defib Centre.“A cardiac arrest will completely drain the life from someone within 10minutes. But, instead of standing by and watching that happen, with a littletraining and an essential, affordable, easy-to-use piece of equipment, you canimprove their chance of survival dramatically,” says Shepherd.“Imagine that you find someone - perhaps your husband, wife or workcolleague - who has collapsed. What do you do? Call 999 and hope the
 
emergency services get there in time? If an automated external defibrillator(AED) is used alongside cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within the first5 minutes of an attack, the survival rate goes up from less than 5% to over60%. With over 80% of cardiac arrests happening outside a hospital, andmostly in the home, it could be down to you whether someone close to youlives or dies! Is the ambulance response time to your home less than 5minutes?”A home AED from The Defib Centre -www.thedefibcentre.co.uk
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can bepurchased for as little as £599+VAT - and the price includes a free CPR/AEDtraining kit. The HeartSine AED was designed specifically for simplicity of use;the size of a radio, with a 5 year battery life, it has only two buttons to press,and no heavy paddles dripping with gloop to wave about . . . but you
do 
stillget to say: "Stand clear!" The AED will only shock if a shock is advised; itwon’t do any harm and cannot be overridden. No one has never been taken tocourt for trying to save a life with an AED, whatever the outcome. And it iseasy to use; a study in
"Circulation" 
showed that a group of 12-year-olds, whohad never seen an AED before, successfully delivered a shock in just 23seconds longer than trained paramedics.Another surprising - and sad - fact is that you are probably better off having acardiac arrest in a casino in America, a brothel in Switzerland, on an airplaneor in a train, as they all have AEDs available and can get to you in thosecritical first 5 minutes. At home - without access to an AED - your chances ofsurvival are incredibly slim.
Things would be significantly better if everyone inthe UK was trained in CPR and in the use of AEDs - as is the case,increasingly in many European countries and America, often as part of their school curriculum.
The Defib Centre’s director, Robin Shepherd, DO, recognises the problemand is making every effort to improve this situation: “Ask if there's an AED inyour gym, in your school, at your workplace, and if there isn't, suggest thatthey get one,” he says. “If you’re serious about saving a life, then buy an AEDfor your home and get some basic training in life support. The free trainingpackage that comes free with every AED simply and quickly shows you howto perform CPR and use an AED, enough for anyone to be safe andsuccessful - it’s a great starter and will arm you with everything you need toknow to save a life. The Defib Centre is driven by passion, not profit, and ouraim is to make AEDs available everywhere and for everyone, next to everyfire extinguisher in the country."To purchase an AED, click here:http://www.thedefibcentre.co.uk/shop/home.php?cat=1 
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