Charity aims to install life-saving devices across Cornwall
Cornish charity Coast Medic is looking to raise funds to purchase and install more public defibrillators in rural coastal areas of the county.
These life saving 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.
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Coast Medic trustee and student paramedic, Luke Tudor, said: “The ambulance service strives to reach emergencies within 8 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% ever minute.”
“These devices help members of the public to deliver immediate and effective care to the patient.”
Coast Medic has already installed a public AEDs at Mylor Harbour and aims put others around the Helford River, Flushing, Porthleven, Coverack, Mevagissey and Fowey.
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, the charity has as little as 35 days to generate over £1,500.
All money raised during this period will go towards the purchase and installation of 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.