A crucial partnership between the NHS, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Microsoft could result in thousands of individuals being saved from cardiac arrest deaths across the United Kingdom.
The aim of the partnership is to map all the defibrillators across the United Kingdom, thereby making these life-saving devices readily available for every individual experiencing an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. BHF will collaborate with NHS England, NHS Scotland and Microsoft solutions provider New Signature to build a comprehensive network of defibrillators across the United Kingdom during the next 12 months that can be utilised by ambulance services.
The initiative was planned to improve UK’s grim survival rates in cardiac arrest. The United Kingdom accounts for over 30,000 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year, but
Although a vast number of defibrillators are currently placed in workplaces, train stations, leisure areas and public places across the country, bystanders and ambulance services are often clueless about their location, making their use in critical situations challenging. Shockingly, defibrillators at public locations are used in
Emphasising the importance of defibrillators, Chief Executive of BHF, Simon Gillespie said: "Every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or defibrillation reduces a person’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest by around 10 per cent. Thousands more lives could be saved if the public were equipped with vital CPR skills and had access to a defibrillator in the majority of cases."