An automated external defibrillator has been installed at WightFibre’s Communications House in Cowes, with training delivered to 16 members of staff by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of premature death and can happen to anyone at any time. The use of a defibrillator gives someone the best chance of survival.
WightFibre COO Simon Poole said:
“We are always keen to support our team and the local community, and in line with our ‘Because we care’ ethos, we are delighted to be able to offer this lifesaving equipment. The defibrillator is for the local community too and will be accessible during our office opening hours”.
Louise Walker from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service said:
“If someone suffers an out of hospital cardiac arrest their first three minutes are absolutely time critical, an AED along with good quality CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) can produce a survival rate as high as 70%, hence why it is essential that these life-saving devices are in our local communities.
“On behalf of the IW NHS Trust Ambulance Service, I would like to sincerely thank Wightfibre for investing in an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and making it available to the local community should it be required”.
The defibrillator is available for the community during WightFibre office hours: Monday to Friday 8am until 8pm Saturday 9am until 6pm and Sunday 10am until 6pm.
The WightFibre defibrillator brings the total available across the Island to over 430.