Restart The Heart

 

Restart The Heart (RTH) is a national campaign led by Arrhythmia Alliance, The Heart Rhythm Charity, to facilitate the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in communities. This is achieved by raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and supporting groups across the country who wish to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in their locality.

Why do we need AED?

In rural communities, it can take longer for emergency services to reach someone in need. If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the first few minutes can make the crucial difference between life and death.  Only within the first few minutes following cardiac arrest will a victim be in a ‘shockable rhythm’; rapid defibrillation is therefore vital. Placing AEDs in the community can dramatically reduce the time from collapse to defibrillation and can greatly improve survival rates.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is an emergency life-saving device for use in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. About the size of a box of chocolates, an AED is safe, easy to use, voice prompted, semi or fully automatic and informs the user what to do. 

 


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When switched on the AED will instruct the user to connect the pads to a patient’s bare chest. The pads enable the AED to examine the patient’s heart and determine if the patient is in a viable, shockable rhythm. If the device determines that a shock is required, it will charge in preparation to deliver a shock. The AED is very safe as it will only charge if it determines a shockable rhythm is present.

Raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in communities

·    SCA is the UK’s biggest killer!

·    SCA kills more people that AIDS, Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer combined!

·    SCA strike anyone, anytime, anywhere and without warning

An Automated External Defibrillator, together with CPR, is the ONLY way to Restart The Heart during SCA

CPR alone = 5% Survival

CPR + AED = 50% Survival

Who can use an AED?

AEDs can be used by anyone with minimal or no training and little or no experience (Resuscitation Council UK guidelines purport that the use of AEDs should not be restricted to trained personnel). However, chances of survival increase if the person has had some awareness training in its use. For this reason, Arrhythmia Alliance recommends running public awareness sessions and training opportunities when placing a community AED.

The value of having an AED in your community

You could help save a life using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). 

Life- saving defibrillators can be housed in secure, weather-proof, heated cabinets on the exterior walls of public places with 24 hour access.  All cabinets can be keypad locked for security. 

In an emergency you would call 999 to obtain the Access Code for the cabinet so that the AED can be taken and used on the patient.  Meanwhile Emergency Services are dispatched to the scene.

For further information:

Arrhythmia Alliance - 01789 450 787 info@heartrhythmcharity.org.uk

AED Locator - 01275 332 323 enquiries@aedlocator