Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has called on major supermarket chains to install defibrillators at their stores to help increase the survival chances of those who suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest, one of the UK’s biggest killers, and has urged Chesterfield stores to pledge to install them as soon as possible.
Toby said “I’ve recently had this campaign raised with me by my constituents and I think it has immense value. CPR is an invaluable skill and can save lives, but a defibrillator on-hand massively increases the chances of survival for someone who has had a cardiac arrest – I think all supermarket stores, large and small, should have one on site in case someone suffers from cardiac arrest either in store or nearby.”
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the biggest killers in the UK and claims the lives of 100,000 people each year. Around 30,000 people will experience a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year, in a public place or community setting, and there has been a growing campaign to get more defibrillators into the community to help increase survival rates. Defibrillators (‘AEDs’) don’t deliver a shock unless one is needed, and many don’t require special training to use, so campaigners view defibrillators which are publicly accessible as a viable way to try to increase survival rates.
Toby said “Every 1 minute without defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10% according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF). I’m committed to supporting education for children and adults about emergency first aid and ensuring we are more aware of how to save lives as a nation, and I think increasing the availability and accessibility of defibrillators is an important element in that campaign.”