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Defibrillator installed outside ITVET in Bishop's Stortford



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A Bishop's Stortford company has made a potentially life-saving investment after installing a defibrillator outside its head office.

ITVET bought the machine, which gives a high-energy shock to someone having a cardiac arrest, and placed it on an outside wall of its London Road premises for use by members of the public in an emergency.

According to the British Heart Foundation, there are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests a year in the UK with a survival rate of just one in 10. But providing defibrillation within the first three to five minutes of a collapse can increase survival rates to 50%-70%.

ITVET has installed a defibrillator outside its London Road premises in Bishop's Stortford. Pic: Vikki Lince. (51571101)
ITVET has installed a defibrillator outside its London Road premises in Bishop's Stortford. Pic: Vikki Lince. (51571101)

ITVET chief executive Richard Fountain said the importance of the life-saving equipment was highlighted to him during the summer's Euro 2020 football tournament when Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in Denmark's group game against Finland.

"I hope it will be a benefit to our community," said Richard. "We've placed it on the outside of our building, which is one of the main routes in and out of the town, so it can be easily accessed by anyone who needs it in an emergency."



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