In response to the Chancellor’s Budget announced today, Declan O’Mahoney, Chief Executive of Belfast based HeartSine Technologies, said:
“I am delighted that the Chancellor has set aside £1 million for the purchase and placement of defibrillators in public places, including schools.
“Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death accounting for an estimated 100,000 deaths a year in the UK alone. The majority of those who experience a SCA will do so in their home, in the gym, in school, in the office or even on the street.
“In these cases, survival rates are less than 5%, even if CPR is administered. The heart completely stops, and the only way to restart it is with defibrillation. Survival rates decrease for each minute defibrillation is delayed, however, with prompt use of a defibrillator and CPR, survival rates can increase to over 75%. Unlike other heart conditions, SCA does not take age, gender or general well-being into account, and does not generally present symptoms prior to an event.
“It is therefore vital that more defibrillators are made publicly accessible, particularly in schools where we have seen an alarming number of deaths of children which could have been prevented had a defibrillator been on site.
“As the only manufacturer of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the UK, we fully support the Chancellor’s decision to set funds aside to increase the availability of these lifesaving devices and keen to do whatever it takes to make this vision a reality.”
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