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Defibrilators
New life-saving equipment for clinical teams
04 April 2018

New equipment that can deliver life-saving resuscitation to patients more quickly is now being used across the Trust.

The Trust has 18 new manual defibrillators and 37 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as part of an equipment upgrade. These new devices are able to recognise the heart’s rhythm faster than the older models they are replacing and, crucially, can deliver quicker shocks to help resuscitate patients.

All of the AEDs have been issued to wards and clinics, while half of the manual devices have also been installed in critical care units and the emergency department. The remaining manual defibrillators will be in place by summer this year.

The equipment is also a focal part of the training provided to staff across the Trust, and the new devices are now being used in training exercises to ensure teams are knowledgeable in using the latest AED and manual defibrillator technology.

Senior resuscitation officer, David Turner, said: “The new defibrillators will help us to deliver even better resuscitative treatment to patients which could help save lives.

“The old defibrillators were running out of service support at the end of this year so it was important to replace them all at the same time to ensure continuity around the Trust. This means that, no matter where staff are based, they know how to operate them.”

'Getting to Good' is Isle of Wight NHS Trust's improvement programme.  Staff and others are invited to submit their improvement ideas via the Getting to Good website at www.gettingtogood.net

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