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'Defibs' plan for the coast

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

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CORNISH charity Coast Medic is looking to raise funds to buy and install more public defibrillators in rural coastal areas of the county.

These lifesaving devices, also known as AEDs, significantly increase the chance of survival after a cardiac arrest.

But the charity needs to raise £1,500 within the next month.

Ambulances take time to reach some of the more remote coastal areas and this inevitably decreases the chance of survival of the person in need.

Coast Medic trustee and student paramedic, Luke Tudor, said: "The ambulance service strives to reach emergencies within eight minutes and they achieve this for the majority of the time.

"However, it is difficult to reach these coastal areas within that timeframe.

"The chances of survival of someone in cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent every minute."

"These devices help members of the public to deliver immediate and effective care to the patient."

Coast Medic has installed a public AED at Mylor Harbour and aims to put others at Mevagissey and Fowey among other places. Coast Medic also provides training for members of the community in the correct use of defibrillators.

However, further funding is still needed to make this possible.

Working with Crowdfunder.co.uk, a fundraising platform, all money raised during this period will go towards buying and installing public access defibrillators in Cornwall.

The public can get involved and support the charity by pledging a donation online at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/coastal-defibrillators/ before November 19.

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  • paul_gale  |  December 15 2013, 6:08PM

    This is fantastic news, BUT! why is the Government charging 20% VAT on this life saving equipment? Come on David Cameron, lets have zero rating on all approved AED's now!

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