Caldbeck Area First Responders are now CardiacSmart!

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Caldbeck Area First Responders have made the Caldbeck Area a safer place by becoming CardiacSmart with the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) – giving them all the potential to save a life! 

Caldbeck Area First Responders had to fulfil a series of criteria to gain their GOLD CardiacSmart award.  The aim of the CardiacSmart award is to recognise local community groups for their dedication to raising awareness of heart health, basic life support and defibrillators. 

The CardiacSmart initiative, born from the Chain of Survival Partnership, works to extend the blanket coverage of public access Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and provide more individuals with training in basic life support; in order to improve a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. 

Around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital each year, and with every minute a person does not receive treatment their chance of survival decreases by 10%.  Cardiac arrest is the most extreme case of an emergency, as the patient loses consciousness at once and there are no signs of life.  Defibrillators give an electric shock through the chest wall and help to restore a normal heartbeat. 

No one knows who will suffer from cardiac arrest, but what is known is that the speed of response, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation within the first few minutes will improve the patient’s chance of survival and recovery. 

Philippa Groves, Team Leader of Caldbeck Area First Responders, said: “Making the Caldbeck Area a safer place to work and visit by installing a public access defibrillators and by teaching basic life support skills through Heartstart sessions and providing volunteers with Emergency life support training is a positive and simple action to take.  The training which includes CPR and operating a defibrillator was provided for free by the North West Ambulance Service together with information and support on how to become CardiacSmart.  It’s really easy to make a difference and may be save a life.”