Tracey has welcomed the exciting news that the British Heart Foundation and the Department of Health are today launching a £1 million partnership to make public access defibrillators (PADs) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training more widely available across England.
Nearly 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital each year, with fewer than one in ten surviving. However, a bystander giving immediate CPR and defibrillation can potentially double chances of survival in some cases, but for every minute without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by around 10 per cent.
Currently only 38 per cent of the public are aware they can use PADs in an emergency and only 22 per cent say they would be confident to do so. It is for this reason the BHF have launched awareness of the availability and effectiveness of defibrillators, which is crucial in creating a “Nation of Lifesavers”. Through equipping more people with the skills to save a life it is hoped UK survival rates will match those in countries such as Norway, where CPR and defibrillator awareness is more widely taught, which would save nearly 5,000 additional lives each year.
From today the BHF will be accepting applications for PADs and CPR training kits from organisations such as charities, community groups and social enterprises. Tracey is therefore encouraging such groups to make their applications. Each award will come with the BHF’s CPR and defibrillator awareness training programme, Call Push Rescue, allowing thousands more people to become potential lifesavers. The award will run until March 2016.
Tracey said: “I am thrilled by this very exciting news and welcome the British Heart Foundation’s CPR and PAD funding announcement. As a strong campaigner for more public Defibrillators across the constituency, I have managed to secure 6 Defibrillators across the constituency and am continuing to work on locating more in public and community hub areas. Today’s announcement therefore comes as very welcome news as it will enable more constituents in Chatham & Aylesford to become life savers and help raise defibrillator awareness whilst improving cardiac arrest survival rates. I hope everyone will look into the scheme and make their applications to help make UK a Nation of Lifesavers.”
More information about the funding and application process can be found here.