Aylesbury Mosque installs community defibrillator

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Aylesbury’s mosque is the latest community hub to install life-saving equipment.

They’ve mounted a defibrillator to the outside of the building, for anyone to use if someone’s having a cardiac arrest.

They say they’re potentially only the second mosque in the UK to do so.

The devices are becoming more and more popular across the country, with several schemes here in Buckinghamshire.

Several have been installed around Princes Risborough, for example.

The idea is that in an emergency, you call 999 and get a code to open the storage box.

An operator then guides the user through using the kit to try and save the patient, while an ambulance is on its way.

Find out more about community defibs through this charity’s web page.

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The iPAD SP1 chosen by the RFL for the Danny Jones Defib Fund

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We are delighted to announce that the iPAD SP1 has been selected by the RFL as the product of choice for the Danny Jones defibrillator fund:

Following the tragic death of Keighley Cougars Danny Jones, his wife, Lizzie Jones is spearheading a new campaign to raise funds for equipment that could prove the difference between life and death at Rugby League clubs across the UK. This is in partnership with the RFL, the RFL Benevolent Fund and Rugby League Cares.

The Danny Jones Defib fund: The launch

Applications open for the Danny Jones Defib Fund

Direct Link: How RFL clubs can purchase

The new campaign aims to:

• Raise awareness of the value of defibrillators as life saving devices to community clubs
• Provide a recognised supplier of defibrillators
• Raise funds for community clubs to help with the purchase of defibrillators

The purpose of Danny Jones Fund is to encourage as many community Rugby League clubs as possible to purchase a defibrillator via a grants programme administered by Rugby League Cares

The Danny Jones Defib Fund Grant committee will achieve this through the provision of a small grant to enable and assist clubs with the purchase.


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Defibrillator Fundraising kits & awareness booklet available

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There is an ever increasing number of individuals, campaigns and charities working tirelessly to raise the awareness of the importance of CPR and defibrillation and heart screening.  As part of their work many raise funds to place or contribute towards a defibrillator.  We are very fortunate to be able to work with a number of these and, as the popularity of the iPAD continues to grow, we look for ways to develop useful resources that we can make freely available to them to help.

So – we have a kit that we lend to people aimed at helping them inform people and demystify defibrillation and CPR.

This kit consists of:

  • A pull up banner that gives the statistics about cardiac arrest
  • A pull up banner highlighting the importance of early CPR and early defibrillation
  • An A5 booklet: “What you need to know about defibrillators and CPR”
  • A Brayden CPR manikin to demonstrate / train people to understand how and why to perform CPR
  • An iPAD SP1 trainer to demonstrate how a defibrillator works and how simple they are to use
  • A DefibSafe defibrillator cabinet to help people understand what a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is
  • Fundraising buckets
  • Fundraising “tins”

If you are interested in having these kits then please contact us and we would be delighted to add you to our calendar wherever possible.

We are so pleased that these have been a real success and we have had some excellent feedback:

Stuart Ballantyne, Callout Organiser, Trossachs Search & Rescue Team said:

“iPAD-AED produce an excellent booklet called ‘What you need to know about Defibrillators and CPR’ which gives lots of accurate advice in a simple, clear format.

Trossachs Search & Rescue delivers CPR & AED training to around 350 people every year as well as managing 50 public access defibrillators across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. We distribute the booklet to communities in which we place our defibrillators to inform and educate people – it is an invaluable source of information.”

Gillian Hutchinson, David Nelson Memorial Fund said:

“….the A5 booklets are brilliant!  We started making them available at the defib awareness sessions and at the last couple of sessions put them on the seats and everyone took them home for info and to show friends and family and for reference.  Adele at the ambulance service referred to them too during the sessions where we put them out for everyone.  We would definitely like to carry on using them at the awareness sessions.  I think that we have some left but they are the sort of thing we would love to get more of in the future.  It is unlikely that we will be doing any more awareness sessions now until the new year but we have another batch of defibs that we hope to get installed soon so more villages will need the awareness sessions when the weather improves after Christmas!”


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Following the Government’s commitment to invest £1 million to improve defibrillator availability as announced in the March 2015 Budget, today the British Heart Foundation have launched a £1 million partnership with the Department of Health to drive the placement of public access defibrillators (PAD). It will also give thousands of people access to lifesaving skills through CPR training and familiarisation. The scheme is being rolled to to all communities across England. We are absolutely delighted that the iPAD SP1 has been chosen as a device to be funded by the scheme.

The £1 million will be used to fund up to 5 FREE defibrillators per community / applicant, FREE outdoor defibrillator cabinets and CPR and defibrillator familiarisation kits. There are 3 packages available:

1. A free public access defibrillator, CPR training kit and a cabinet
2. A free public access defibrillator and CPR training kit
3. A cabinet to improve accessibility to a current defibrillator

This is a fantastic initiative that will run between October 1st 2015 and March 2015, applications can be made to the BHF here. It not only save lives, but equip people with important lifesaving skills to be able to take prompt action in an emergency. It has been widely documented that cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the UK and that early access to CPR and defibrillation can have a dramatic impact on improving outcomes – with every second making all the difference.

The British Heart Foundation also cite some worrying statistics that few people are even aware they can use a public access defibrillator (PAD) in an emergency (38%), and only one in five (22%) say they would have the confidence to do so. This is not a new phenomenon and the iPAD SP1 was developed specifically to address these concerns and to overcome some of the limitations of other defibrillators available.

It’s name “iPAD” actually stands for “Intelligent Public Access Defibrillator” and it was specifically designed to be used by anyone wishing to do so, but with the layperson in mind. It was the first defibrillator (AED) to introduce a simple switch to be able to change from adult to child mode, without the need to change the sticky electrode pads or make other fiddly changes to settings. Funnily enough it was also the first the register the “iPAD” name – even before Apple – with its Rights and Patents registered before they could got their hands on it!

The iPAD SP1 has built a very strong reputation for both its quality and simplicity to use. It is currently being placed in conjunction with EVERY UK NHS Ambulance Service for use in areas such as community public access schemes, Community First Responders and within the Ambulance Service itself. It has also been the defibrillator of choice in some significant, high profile situations such as every ASDA store, right across Gatwick Airport and in project “AED 1000” run by East of England Ambulance Service where 1000 iPAD’s were rolled out to communities across the region – places where user-friendliness and ease of operation is key. As well as being a part of the BHF’s “part-funding scheme” for almost 3 years, many charities Nationwide who work tirelessly to fundraise and raise awareness of cardiac arrest, are also placing the iPAD in schools and communities and anywhere people gather.

Importantly, the SP1 outperforms any other defibrillator on the market in the time it takes to successfully, and safely, deliver a shock to the heart of a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest only when it is required. This is absolutely crucial to maximise the effect of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The data being gathered is showing that this is having a very positive effect on improving successful resuscitation attempts. Whilst the importance of CPR is to artificially circulate oxygenated flow of oxygenated blood artificially into the brain during cardiac arrest to prevent a serious brain damage, any attempts to perform CPR is better than no CPR at all – so the iPAD uses CPR detection and a metronome to encourage effective use of CPR.

As the iPAD continues to grow in popularity, time has been taken to invest in resources to support end users and people seeking information. Ensuring people have access to materials to help them be familiar with the device and also help support people learning CPR training. A booklet aimed at demystifying CPR and defibrillators has been produced along with a series of quick reference guides – which are supported by familiarisation films:

1. How to use an iPAD SP1 defibrillator:

2. How to perform CPR and use an iPAD AED with detailed instructions:

It is also fantastic news that the £1 million fund will be used to ensure that defibrillators are publicly accessible through funding exterior defibrillator cabinets to either liberate an existing defibrillator or go with a new one. Whilst the iPAD can be placed in any cabinet, it is usually supplied directly to end users in partnership with a DefibSafe which again has been widely used across the whole of the UK.

Access to defibrillators saves lives – this investment will help offer peace of mind to thousands of people and communities and it is brilliant to be able play a small part in strengthening the chain of survival.


EXCLUSIVE: iPAD SP1 is “SOARING” success at Gatwick Airport

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Today (April 2nd, 2015) the rollout of over 85 iPAD SP1 defibrillators began across Gatwick Airport. This project sees the replacement and upgrade of ALL of the old defibrillators across the site with state-of-the-art technology offered by the SP1. It also includes many new sites, both static and responding, at the airport.

The project is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Heart Charity and with the full support of South East Coast Ambulance Service, who were involved in the original defibrillator installation in Gatwick some years ago.

It has been well documented that defibrillators in public places save lives, with International Airports featuring highly in that. This is a fantastic commitment by Gatwick to continue that commitment and grow it.

Whilst a full news report will follow, this news today comes at one of the busiest weekends for International Travel as many jet off for the Easter Holidays. The roll-out will happen over a number of weeks, so if you are travelling, keep your eyes peeled around Gatwick for the distinctive iPAD orange making its debut at this very important site. Here are a couple of images of the installations today on front line fire appliances at Gatwick.

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Redditch Charity relaunches: Charlotte & Craig Saving Hearts Foundation

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There are so many wonderful and different charities out there who are not only working tirelessly to help save the lives of others, they creating legacies of loved ones who they lost. It can be very tough for smaller charities to stand out against the big name, almost corporate, organisations… Below is the story of a Redditch Charity, previously known as Reddictch Heart Safe, now relaunched as the Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation

On the 20th December 2012, Rob and Maggie Underwood’s life changed forever as their 16 year old daughter, Charlotte died after suffering a cardiac arrest caused by Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome. In May 2012, they channelled their energy in to starting their Charity, Redditch Heart Safe. A defibrillator might have saved Charlotte’s life and so they worked tirelessly to raise the awareness about the importance of defibrillators, fundraise to donate them wherever they can and lobby for legislation to be changed.

To lose one child is devastating enough, however on the 10th December last year, Rob and Maggie lost their son Craig, aged just 17 when he too suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Their world once again was turned upside down.

Despite the terrible and unfathomable tragedy that has affected their lives, Rob and Maggie have continued on their mission to help save the lives of others and place defibrillators anywhere people gather – making them as common as fire extinguishers is the goal. To date, they have placed over 40 defibrillators and trained people how to use emergency lifesaving skills and use them if they come across someone who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.

Earlier this year, they decided that they wanted to change the name of their charity to reflect why they do what they do – not only to help others, but to create a legacy for their 2 children – Charlotte and Craig. And so, the Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation (CCSHF) was born.

As a part of this, they wanted to have a logo that represented what they did and also allowed them to pay tribute to Charlotte and Craig. The new logo means so much to everyone involved and will now be used to promote the work of the charity and to raise awareness of the amazing work they do. Since getting their logo, Rob and Maggie have got to work to have new fundraising and awareness materials created.

In the past week, Rob and Maggie have continued their lifesaving work. They have worked with West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service to place and unveil a Public Access Defibrillator at Haden Cross Fire Station.

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Defibrillator choice, placement & care

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We need to learn from An Australian Report : “Lives are needlessly being lost to sudden cardiac arrest because up to a quarter of the electronic defibrillators installed in workplaces and public areas around the country don’t work properly…”

A recent report from the Automated External Defibrillator Agency in Australia has important implications for people looking to purchase and maintain a defibrillator for their school, workplace or community.

As in the UK, the roll-out of automatic defibrillators in workplaces, sporting clubs and other public areas over the past decade in Australia is helping to save some of the 33,000 lives taken each year by sudden cardiac arrest. However, research has found that up to a quarter of the equipment installed in public areas at any time don’t work because of flat batteries, damage or software malfunctions.

That is why the AED Deployment Agency in Australia has launched a new set of guidelines in an effort to stop flat batteries and software malfunctions from saving lives but it’s also calling for more regulation.

Graeme Peel, The Agency’s President says:

“….there’s nothing more frustrating than coming across somebody who’s got a sudden cardiac arrest who clearly needs urgent defibrillation to save their lives and finding that the defibrillator that you have in your hand, or in fact can’t locate, simply won’t do the job.”

“Probably 20 to 25 per cent of defibrillators aren’t working. We also know that unless you get defibrillation on a sudden cardiac arrest patient within the first couple of minutes, then their chance of survival is very remote. Anecdotally, we believe that there probably are people dying unnecessarily”.

When choosing a defibrillator, it is important that the device can easily and simply be checked by anyone at any time to ensure it is fully operational. Maintaining some form of record is also a good idea. With the iPAD SP1 status indicators are always visible through the carry case. As a result of the self-tests carried out by the device, Within a few seconds you can easily see:

  • That the unit is in full working order
  • The battery life remaining
  • That the pads are in date

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Here is a very useful checklist for the iPAD SP1 AED Download which can be simply completed and kept.

In Australia, guidelines have been released to make sure that all businesses and organisations that have the equipment installed regularly check to make sure they’re ready for use in an emergency. It’s also setting a up voluntary register to keep track of all defibrillators around the country.

This is something we actively encourage people who purchase the iPAD SP1 to do by linking up with their local Ambulance Service. Indeed, the involvement of the Local Ambulance Service is a very important step in the placement of a defibrillator. When you register your iPAD AED with us, we can complete this process for you – read here is why that is important. We have also written about the importance of this in relation to public access defibrillators – learn more.

Choosing the right defibrillator and linking with the Ambulance service is not where it all ends, becoming familiar with the device is extremely important to ensure that in an emergency the device is not only operationally ready, but people are confident and familiar in how to use it. Should you be working with your Local Ambulance Service, they may well offer hands-on training.

Whilst the iPAD SP1 AED has been designed to be used by anyone and is highly reputed for it’s ease of use, we have developed a whole range of training resources that enable people to learn how to set-up, use and check their device, all of these are freely available to view online and can be provided as hard copies

The fact remains that sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the UK and that the placement of defibrillators is crucial in the mission to save lives. However, it is not just about buying a box….

Public Access Defibrillation and the creation of lifesavers

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Survival rates from the 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests remain astonishingly low. The use of Public access defibrillation (PAD) before medical help arrives is a crucial factor with the potential to change this.

Public access defibrillation (PAD) is when a defibrillator is used by a layperson i.e. someone who may not be a trained medical professional. Should sudden cardiac arrest strike in an out-of-hospital environment, it is widely recognised that early access to bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early public access defibrillaton is absolutely crucial to increase the chances of survival.

The placement of Public access defibrillators (PADs) has been driven by the Government, the British Heart Foundation, community groups and charities for many years. It still remains very high on the agenda, coupled with raising awareness and educating the general public in essential emergency lifesaving skills.

PADs can be found in many places. Usually a PAD site is when a defibrillator is placed in a suitable external defibrillator cabinet, fitted to the exterior of a building. In some instances, for example the Asda and British Heart Foundation PAD project, over 600 publicly accessible defibrillators have been placed in their stores in indoor cabinets. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can strike anyone, any time, anywhere – it does not discriminate gender or age, so a PAD site could be placed anywhere people gather. Here are some examples:

Despite many reported cases of bystander CPR and PAD saving many lives, recent research has highlighted that there are still many public places without a PAD site. There have also been concerns expressed about accessibility to defibrillators in the workplace.

Recent evidence also points to the fact, that even when a PAD was accessible when they called 999 in an attempt to help someone suffering a SCA, the pads were attached to the patient in less than half of the cases before emergency services arrived.

Both of these findings have important implications for the ongoing work to create PAD sites and the creation of lifesavers. There is growing awareness and acceptance of PAD sites and more and more initiatives making significant changes. There is still work to be done to help demystify defibrillators and reduce the fear around adverse consequences and litigation.

Some facts:

– It is not uncommon to have questions about defibrillators and how they work. No harm can be done when using an AED- share these frequently asked questions to help allay fears

– AED’s are designed to be used by anyone and use simple visual and verbal guidance at every step. Share this video and in less than 10 minutes people can familiarise themselves with how to set up, use and check an iPAD defibrillator

– Saving someone’s life may well be frightening for some, nevertheless early CPR and early defibrillation SAVES LIVES – anyone can learn and take the first steps by watching this CPR and defibrillation training film

– A new Bill was launched in June 2014 which offers an important layer of protection for those wanting to help others in an emergency. Read and share a summary of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill

– The Department for Education are driving for all schools to have a defibrillator as part of their First Aid Kit – share more

Public access defibrillation is as much about CREATING LIFESAVERS as it is about placing publicly accessible defibrillators…….

1000 miles in 100 hours

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An amazing group of individuals from Farnham in Surrey are gearing up to pedal off tonight to complete 1000 miles in 100 days. What’s more, the whole event has been self-funded. Every single penny raised will go towards their three very worthy causes.

Their aim is to raise:

– £15,000 towards The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice which is the cost to run the hospice for one day. Phyllis Tuckwell provides wonderful care for terminally ill adults and their families. Learn more about the vital work they do here

– £5,000 towards Disability Challengers. They provide support and play facilities for disabled children. This money will help towards vital equipment. Learn more about the wonderful things they do here

– Additional funds towards the Farnham Lions Heartstart fund to help towards making Farnham an even safer place to live through the placement of public access defibrillators. This will improve the chances of survival if sudden cardiac arrest should strike someone nearby.

They would be very grateful for any donation however big or small. Simply sign on to their just giving page here

Hats off to all involved for the huge amount of training and organisation that this has taken. We wish them lots of luck for a safe cycle and return.

To listen to the fantastic interview by BBC Surrey with Jeff Toms who is one of those heading up the team, click below:

New Bill is good news for people wanting to take action in an emergency.

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The Social Action, Responsibility and Herosim Bill, launched In the Queens Speech on June 4th 2014, has important implications for people who want to take actions to help others in an emergency

For some, the fear of “making things worse” and then being “taken to task” because of their actions can be a barrier to helping in an emergency. We have had conversations with many people who fear just this when it comes to placing and using defibrillators.

In terms of making things worse, you can do no harm with an AED. They will only allow an electrical shock to be delivered to the heart of someone who needs it. A shock cannot be delivered in error. When someone has a cardiac arrest, life cannot be sustained. In fact, someone is technically already dead after suffering a cardiac arrest and they will not have a chance of survival without early CPR and early defibrillation. More answers to common questions are available here

When it comes to “being taken to task”, the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill is an important layer of protection. The purpose of the Bill is to offer some peace of mind for those who are safeguarding the safety of others or taking actions in an emergency, that if legal action was taken a court would take account of the context of their actions. They would consider 3 things, with one of the clauses (clause 4) being especially important in the case of taking lifesaving actions:

– If the action occurred when someone was acting for the benefit of society or any of it’s members
– Whilst taking action the person demonstrates a generally responsible approach towards protecting the safety or interests of others
– If someone was taking heroic action by intervening in an emergency to assist an individual in danger and without regard to their own safety or other interests

A full version of the bill can be viewed here.

This is further supported by the fact that in English Law, for someone to be held liable, it would have to be shown that the action taken would have left the person being given assistance in a worse situation than if there had been no intervetion. The Resuscitation Council have considered this in detail and you can read that guidance here.

The importance of training also has to be considered. Our new product and training film series offers people some valuable resources and can be watched here and here. There is also some very interesting commentary about the importance of training and being kept up to date from Resuscitation and Medical Consultancy.

If you are considering placing a defibrillator or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will always be happy to help.