Do you know where your nearest defibrillator is?

Derek Thomas is urging constituents in West Cornwall to find out where their nearest defibrillator is and what to do in the case that someone suffers a cardiac arrest.

St John Ambulance’s latest research shows more than half of Britons (53%) have no idea where their nearest life saving equipment is despite the fact that up to seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could survive if they are treated with a defibrillator inside the first five minutes.

The new statistics also found that 61% wouldn’t know what to do if faced with a cardiac arrest; and while 81% know what a defibrillator does, 70% of people would not feel confident using one, plus an astonishing 62% wrongly believe it would cause harm to a patient.

“Largely due to the fantastic work of the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity, there are as many defibrillators in West Cornwall as anywhere else in the country, possibly more. Despite this, and the staggering differences in survival rates when a defibrillator is used, people still don’t know where their nearest one is or have the confidence to use it,” he said.

“I support St John Ambulance’s call for the nation to get prepared in the event of a cardiac arrest.

“If you come across someone in cardiac arrest, you have to act fast and give them the best chance to live by learning what to do. I would encourage everyone to visit www.sja.org.uk/care to learn the four steps of CARE.