defibrillator unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea seafront
life-saving community defibrillator has been unveiled on Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront this week to help people suffering cardiac arrests.
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT)
has worked in partnership with BARB Search & Rescue to introduce
the defibrillator, which is located in a prominent location on
the northern end of the hovercraft station building on The Esplanade,
facing the public conveniences.
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are purposely easy to
use and anyone can use them - the machines themselves talk you
through what to do, and that, alongside advice from emergency
call-handlers, means that anyone can help to save a life.
arrest does not discriminate against age, sex or fitness - it
can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. It can be caused
by many things including heart attacks, strokes and major trauma,
and early defibrillation for patients in cardiac arrest can make
all the difference to the outcome.
SWASFT has launched several new initiatives in Somerset this
year such as increasing the number of Community First Responders
as well as giving better access to community defibrillators by
increasing the number available.
As the most rural ambulance service in the country, SWASFT plays
a huge role in ensuring that communities have access to a defibrillator.
It is exceptionally important and plays a huge part in getting
people the care they need, immediately - which is what, is required
in a cardiac arrest situation.
Chris Perks, Assistant Community Responder Officer of SWASFT,
said: "The first few minutes of a cardiac arrest are absolutely
crucial so having this life-saving equipment available, while
the Ambulance is en route, gives the patient the best possible
chance of survival. The more communities we can support in having
their own defibrillator, the better."
BARB Operations Manager Mike Lowe added: "It's great to
be working in partnership with SWASFT to provide this important
equipment, which can save lives. This is a great new asset for
the town in a very visible location on the seafront."