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Helping address defibrillator need in county

Dick Tracey, South Central Ambulance Service's community responders manager, is calling for more defibrillators to be installed in Oxfordshire. NNL-140722-161151001

Dick Tracey, South Central Ambulance Service's community responders manager, is calling for more defibrillators to be installed in Oxfordshire. NNL-140722-161151001

A leading ambulance manager is stressing the importance of installing defibrillators across Oxfordshire in an attempt to tackle the country’s single biggest killer.

The survival rate for people who suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in this country is between just four and five per cent, and Richard Tracey, South Central Ambulance Service’s community response manager, is calling for more defibrillators to be installed in Oxfordshire.

Mr Tracey estimates there are only 60 of the machines – which deliver an electric shock to the heart – in the county.

He said: “We need to give people early access to these defibrillators so they are available anywhere in the county within ten minutes. There is a lot of fear when it comes to using them, and understandably so as you will be giving a shock to the heart.” Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a time crucial life threatening medical emergency. It has been estimated if no active treatment is being administered, the chance of a successful resuscitation reduces by ten per cent per minute. A patient’s outcome will be significantly enhanced if they are given a shock from a defibrillator.

Several Banburyshire villages have already installed machines in their communities, as well as Banbury’s Spiceball Leisure Centre, which had to use it earlier this year. Mr Tracey said: “I regularly give talks to parish councils and I would welcome anybody to get in touch if they want to get any reassurances on how to use these machines.” E-mail richard.tracey@scas.nhs.uk

 

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