Partnering to provide lifesaving equipment
A defibrillator in a cabinet is a significant expense to a community, and unless someone has been touched by Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) themselves – either a family member, a work colleague, a friend or even themselves – they often don’t see the value in having one.
However, there is huge value in having one. The statistics are frightening. In the UK, every year, 60,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital environment. Worse, less than 10% of people experiencing cardiac arrests in the community actually survive. And the timing is crucial too – for every minute lost, their chance of surviving drops by 10%.
SCA can happen to fit and healthy people – Christian Eriksen collapsing and suffering from a SCA in Euros 2020 is a prime example of this – it’s really important to have life saving equipment in your community.
A defib and cabinet can not only help the community it is in, but also everyone who works there too.
Partnering with a local business
A local business will have a first aider on site, they will have a first aid kit to hand – but the likelihood of this containing a defibrillator is small. The expense often puts small workplaces off.
However, if the defib and cabinet were situated near the workplace and in a high traffic area of a village or community, this could be beneficial to both. And the costs could be shared between the local businesses and the local council.
Partnership options – teaming with a school
Why not team up with the local school and have one situated outside the school gates? If it is in a locked cabinet it can be accessed by the school quickly, but also can be used by the rest of the community too in case of an emergency.
The cost can be shared by both the local council/parish council and the school themselves. Most schools have a fundraising group made up of parents and ex-parents who would be happy to share the cost if they understood the importance of having a defib. Figures differ but it has been reported that over 270 children a year die from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK alone.
Ideas and advice
If you would like any more information on this subject, please do get in touch with us here – we are happy to talk through your own circumstances and advise you if needs be.
We are currently offering a lockable cabinet, defib and bleed control kit for just £1200, click here for more.