Staffordshire Moorlands District Council funds maintenance of life-saving defibrillators

With fewer than one-in-ten people surviving an out of hospital cardiac arrest, access to well maintained, ready to use defibrillators can make all the difference.

Defibrillators deliver a shock which can restart someone’s heart after it stops beating. Defibrillation within three to five minutes of collapse can produce survival rates of 50% to 70%.

There are over 130 automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which are accessible all day every day in the Moorlands, without a clear system to register them or record maintenance schedules.

To help ensure this potentially life-saving equipment is properly maintained and available when needed, the District Council is partnering with AEDdonate – a Staffordshire charity – to manage defibrillators across the Moorlands.

The Council is funding the programme for two years to allow other options to be considered.

Tony Mullins
Tony Mullins
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