We have been funding publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) since the late 80’s. At the time of writing we have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in these life-saving devices, safeguarding millions of lives across Sussex.
Over 200 of these devices are dotted across both counties and that number continues to grow each month. Typically, we fund AEDs which are to be installed in public places which are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
What is an Automated External Defibrillator?
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable battery powered devices that check a casualties’ heart rhythm using electrode pads. If a problem is detected, the device sends an electric shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. No formal training is necessary to operate them in a medical emergency as they “talk” the operator through the necessary steps. However, they work best if the operator also offers CPR.
In the event of a suspected cardiac arrest, these devices can be vital in saving lives. If a defibrillator is applied and effective CPR performed within three to five minutes of the cardiac arrest, chances of survival increase by 50%.
Over the years we have received many reports that our devices have successfully saved lives. This brings a real practical benefit to the project and motivates us to continue funding them for as long as possible.
The AEDs in the community project has no set completion date and will continue to be supported by us for as long as it is necessary.