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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.


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