The Red Sky Foundation provides life-saving defibrillators for city centres, local communities, schools and also NHS Hospitals.
As part of our corporate partnership programme, we encourage businesses to adopt a Red Sky AED defibrillator. Working closely with local authorities, the emergency services and the North East Ambulance Service we to try and ensure the safety of everyone.
Community Public Access Defibrillators (cPADs)
Many organisations have defibrillators, which are machines that can be used to attempt to correct someone’s heart rhythm if they are in cardiac arrest, which is vital in the first few minutes to increase the chance of survival.
However, many of these are not available to the public to use or not available 24 hours per day which can mean that a vital life-saving piece of equipment is unavailable for over fifty per cent of the time. With cPAD sites, the machine is available to members of the public 24 hours a day, either because it is in a building that is permanently open, such as a hotel, or it has been placed in a special cabinet on the outside of a building. These machines have been registered with the ambulance service, so that in a life threatening emergency, the caller can be told where the nearest defibrillator is and asked if someone can retrieve it. If the cabinet is locked, then the caller would be given the access code.
In towns and villages across the region, defibrillators have been installed to help save lives. But would you know how to use one in an emergency? Why not take a look at these questions and answers to see how saving a life can be easier than you think.
What is a defibrillator?
The 999 call handler will give you the code to unlock it.
To increase the chance of survival, there is a concept called the chain of survival that is a step by step guide for someone to familiarise themselves with:
1) Early recognition of someone in cardiac arrest and getting assistance is the first step to helping them.
2) Performing CPR will help keep the brain and other vital organs supplied with blood and oxygen. According to research, CPR can double a person’s chances of survival.
3) You can triple a person’s chance of survival by using a defibrillator as soon as you can. For every minute without defibrillation, their chances of survival reduce by 10%.
4) Early advanced care by the paramedics will be helped by the CPR performed before they get there. If you start CPR within two minutes, use a defibrillator within four minutes and a paramedic arrives in eight minutes, patients will have a 40% chance of survival.