VIDEO: Charity appeal to buy defibrilators for Cornish coastal spots
A FALMOUTH-BASED charity is looking to raise funds to install lifesaving devices in coastal areas.
Coast Medic aims to purchase defibrilators, also known as AEDs, for public use which significantly increase the chance of survival after a cardiac arrest.
It said they can mean the difference between life and death when used as ambulance personnel are on their way to a victim in a remote area.
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.
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“The chances of survival of someone in cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent 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 AED at Mylor Harbour and aims to increase installments to Helford River, Flushing, Porthleven, Coverack, Mevagissey and Fowey.
Coast Medic also provides training 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 four weeks to generate more than £1,500.
All money raised during this period will go towards the purchase and installation of public access defibrillators in Cornwall.
To pledge a donation visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/coastal-defibrillators November 19.