Four new defibrillators have recently been installed in Adur and Worthing, increasing the number of life-saving publicly accessible devices across the district.
In recent years, Adur & Worthing Councils have installed several defibrillators in premises and spaces where there is a high footfall, including on the seafront and the pier, at the museum and at leisure centres. The latest defibrillators have been installed at the Worthing Crematorium and at the cemeteries in Lancing, Shoreham and Southwick, to increase the safety of the many people who visit them every year. A fifth defibrillator will soon be installed at Durrington Cemetery.
In the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests every year outside of hospitals, where the chance of survival is low. A defibrillator is a device used to give a high energy shock to someone who is in cardiac arrest, which can be used by members of the public to save someone’s life while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.
Every minute counts
A spokesperson for Adur & Worthing Councils said: “Every minute counts when someone experiences a cardiac arrest. By having defibrillators in public places, and particularly in areas that may be harder to reach for the emergency services, it means that our staff and members of the public can quickly come to the aid of someone in need of help and potentially save a life.”