A dental practice in Skegness has joined with the ambulance service to install an automatic heart defibrillator outside its studio.
The public will have access to the defibrillator 24 hours a day and the equipment is located in a bright yellow box on the front wall of the dental practice.
Julian Clark, of the Clark Dental Studio on Algitha Road said: “This is an important facility for Skegness and it’s fantastic news that there are more of these life saving defibrillators planned to be installed around the county”.
To access the defibrillator and help some one who may have collapsed with a suspected heart attack, any member of the public can dial 999 for the access code at any time and follow the clear instructions on what to do.
Staff at the studio have the code and are all trained in life support and are currently on training schemes to use the defibrillator.
During surgery hours they will provide resuscitation until paramedics can arrive.
Automated External Defibrillator’s (AEDs) are used when someone has gone into cardiac arrest and the defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective rhythm to be re-etablished.
The best conditions for defibrillation are present for only one to two minutes of someone going into cardiac arrest, with success rates decreasing from then at up to 20 percent per minute of delay.
Programme lead, Steve Bonser at East Midlands Ambulance service said:
“Nationally ambulance services are required to get to 75 percent of life-threatening emergencies within eight minutes of the call being picked up.
However, when it comes to cardiac arrest, seconds count and the use of a defibrillator while our crews travel to the scene can save a life.”
EMAS has invested £120,000 to install 127 defibrillators in strategic places across the East Midlands where it is difficult for an ambulance to get to quickly because of poor road networks or traffic congestion.
Units are already installed and operational locally at The Embassy Theatre, Skegness, The Hildreds Centre, Skegness and installation recently planned or pending at Skegness Fire Station and the Lincolnshire Co-op store, Chapel St Leonards.
In addition to the investment leading to installation of the 127 AEDs, EMAS is providing free Emergency Life Saving Skills courses to its local community, enabling people to know what to do in an emergency, such as cardiac arrest, choking and severe bleeding.
Visit www.emas.nhs/get-involved/upcoming-events/ for information on future dates and venues and how to book a place.