Maggie Throup, Member of Parliament for Erewash recently opened a new life-saving community defibrillator (AED) at the Seven Oaks Pub. This now means that there are close to fifty 24-7 easily accessible AEDS across Erewash.
Defibrillators provide vital treatment, with latest research showing that use of these devices within three to five minutes of a cardiac arrest increases the chance of survival by over 40%.
In the East Midlands there are around 3,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests each year and when someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, every second counts. For every minute without defibrillation, a victim's chance of survival drops by 10 per cent. Sadly, only 1 in 15 people survive an out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest in the East Midlands.
I was delighted to open Erewash’s newest defibrillator at the Seven Oaks Inn Bar and Restaurant. I would like to thank everyone involved in securing this life-saving piece of equipment as well as providing a special shout out to Amber Community First Responders for the tireless work that they undertake to save lives and to teach people lifesaving skills.
The key to improving sudden cardiac arrest survival rates is by improving access to defibrillators. Whilst it is fantastic news that we have almost fifty publicly accessible AEDs in Erewash, we need to make sure that AEDs are located in every corner of our Erewash constituency.
That is why I am urging community organisations across Erewash to apply for a grant to fund additional life-saving defibrillators
Maggie is urging community organisations across Erewash to apply for a grant to fund a life-saving defibrillator through the Community Automated External Defibrillator Fund. More information about how to apply can be found here.