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Brian Goodwin witha defib trainer. Pic: Vikki Lince
Brian Goodwin witha defib trainer. Pic: Vikki Lince

A health and safety expert is on a mission to locate all the defibrillators in Bishop's Stortford and encourage even more businesses to house the life-saving pieces of equipment.

Brian Goodwin witha defib trainer. Pic: Vikki Lince
Brian Goodwin witha defib trainer. Pic: Vikki Lince

Brian Goodwin was prompted into action after an elderly man died when he suffered a cardiac arrest in the Waitrose car park in August.

Mr Goodwin says the tragic outcome potentially could have been avoided if those near the man at the time of the incident had had access to an automated external defibrillator (AED).

So he has been visiting shops and other businesses in the town centre to find out how many AEDs are available, where they are and whether they are registered with the East of England Ambulance Service.

From 1981, Brian worked part-time as an Army medic, hands-on in the accident and emergency department. He left the Armed Forces 17 years later and joined the fire and rescue service. He is currently self-employed and offers health and safety training through his company, Pegasus.

When a person suffers cardiac arrest, every minute that they do not receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation, their survival rate reduces by up to 10%. Without any immediate treatment, 90-95% of cardiac arrests are fatal.

However, if a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates rise to 74% on average.

If you can help identify where the AEDs are, email enquiries@pegasushs.co.uk



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