Raising funds for a defibrillator on Newport High Street
22 November 2019

Louise Walker, Head of the Ambulance Training & Community Response Services (ATCoRS) said:

"We were absolutely thrilled to learn that Dana and the Specsavers team are raising funds for a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).  As an Ambulance Service we fully support their campaign and certainly commend the efforts of all those involved. No doubt the twelve CPR challenge was exhausting, but also very rewarding. We know only too well how the first three minutes of an out of hospital cardiac arrest are the most crucial and so another defibrillator for the Newport area really is most welcome."

Louise continued:

"The public will often worry that they might do something wrong, if they are not trained to use a defibrillator, but it’s the defibrillator that will analyse the casualty’s heart rhythm and make a decision to shock or not. So you can’t do it wrong, the only thing you can do wrong is to be too afraid to use it. Once someone is in cardiac arrest it can’t get any worse, they will die unless someone tries to help."

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