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Public access defibrillators to save lives

Friday, 3 May, 2019

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Wakefield College Assistant Health and Safety Officer, Josh Brannan showcasing the new defibrillator

Staff, students and members of the public in and around Wakefield College’s Castleford and City Campuses can now access lifesaving defibrillators following the recent installation of the devices.

A defibrillator, sometimes known as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a small electronic device designed to allow minimally trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The device analyses and looks for shock-able heart rhythm, advises the rescuer of the need for defibrillation and delivers a shock if needed.

Each year in Britain around 30,000 people are struck by sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital environments. They can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school, to adults when they’re at home, work or out in public places.

If victims aren’t treated properly, more often than not, cardiac arrests are fatal. The British Heart Foundation’s figures show that only one in ten victims survive.

Wakefield College’s Assistant Health and Safety Officer, Josh Brannan said: “Defibrillators can be the difference between life, and death and we’re pleased to have installed these life-saving pieces of equipment at the College’s two main campuses. By having an AED accessible quickly and easily 24 hours a day, Wakefield College is demonstrating its continued commitment to the safety of its students, staff and members of the community.”

The defibrillators are in cabinets outside each campus and have a key code lock that is accessed by calling 999 thus ensuring the devices remain secure and be monitored.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 3 May, 2019

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