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Defibrillator campaign launched to save lives in London

PUBLISHED: 11:23 14 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:25 14 November 2016

Defibrillators can dramatically improve heart-attack survival rates

Defibrillators can dramatically improve heart-attack survival rates

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The equipment can double a person's chance of heart-attack survival

A new campaign has been launched to make defibrillators more accessible in London after a survey revealed many people are unable to use them.

Latest figures from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) show just 16 per cent of people in the capital would use a defibrillator in an emergency, and the charity is warning this lack of awareness and confidence could be wasting valuable time and costing lives.

The BHF is encouraging organisations to apply for the life-saving equipment, which can double a person’s chances of survival from a heart attack.

BHF chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “Right now just one in ten people in the UK survive a cardiac arrest. Sadly not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform CPR and too few defibrillators are readily available in public places.

“We’re urging organisations up and down the country to join us in creating a Nation of Lifesavers by making public access defibrillators readily available in their communities and by giving people the skills and confidence to save a life.

“This partnership could mean the difference between life and death for the thousands of people who suffer a cardiac arrest in England every year.”

Organisations can check if they are eligible and apply for the free community package by visiting: bhf.org.uk/defibengland

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