Life saving defibrillator in Knayton

Knayton is to become a community of lifesavers after it has been fitted with a public access defibrillator (PAD).

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s Thirsk Community First Responders (CFRs) received the Call Push Rescue training kit following their successful application for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package from the charity. The Community Package contains the innovative kit which includes everything needed to learn CPR in half an hour.  Thirsk CFRs plan to run training sessions in the local community meaning everyone can become potential lifesavers.

The defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart the heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. This is when the heart stops pumping blood around the body and they lose consciousness almost at once. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR, chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. It’s therefore imperative the people of Knayton know both of these vital steps to help someone in an emergency.

Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK every year but currently less than one in ten survive. The BHF want to create a Nation of Lifesavers in a bid to boost these shocking survival rates.

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The charity believes defibrillators should be made more accessible and recognisable to the public and want all young people to be taught CPR and PAD awareness at school. Since launching the campaign in 2014, over 1.5 million people have joined the Nation of Lifesavers by learning life saving CPR.

Keith Smith (Parish Council Member) said: “With the increasing number of defibs around, the Village Hall Committee decided it would be a good idea for Knayton to have one. A chance meeting with Stuart Mountford lead us to invite him along to talk about defibs, his knowledge and enthusiasm as a Community First Responder (CFR) convinced us we should move to install one in the Village.

The telephone kiosk had been redundant so we duly purchased it for the community with the central position in the village making it an ideal site to house the equipment.

We are grateful to Stuart and the Thirsk Community First Responders team for securing the machine and arranging installation with Steven Dresser and his team”.

Sara Askew, Head of Survival at the BHF, said: “In the UK more than 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year but less than one in ten survive. More lives could be saved if more defibrillators were available in public places and if more people felt confident using them and performing CPR. We are delighted that have joined the BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign - by making another defibrillator available in Nether Silton and teaching CPR locally. It could really be the difference between life and death.”

To date the BHF have helped place over 14,000 life saving defibrillators in communities around the UK. The BHF asks for a contribution of £400 towards each defibrillator as part of the Community Package. To find out more about defibrillators and how to place one in your organisation or community visit www.bhf.org.uk

For more information on how you can help BHF create a Nation of Lifesavers visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers