Defibrillator for public use fitted in Premier Court Care Home in Bishop's Stortford
Premier Court Care Home has become the latest location in Bishop's Stortford to install a publicly accessible defibrillator.
The potentially lifesaving device has been fitted as part of an initiative to put one in every BUPA care home in the UK.
When a person suffers cardiac arrest – when their heart suddenly stops pumping blood around their body – every minute they do not receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation reduces their survival rate by up to 10%. However, if a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes of arrest, survival rates rise to 74% on average.
Being situated on the edge of Thorley Park housing estate and close to Southern Country Park in Thorley Lane East made Premier Court an ideal place to site the defibrillator, making it easily accessible to anyone in the local community who is in need.
Home manager Gary Lochowitz said: "Heart problems can affect people of all ages, from all walks of life, and access to a defibrillator can make a huge difference if someone has a cardiac arrest.
"Having the defibrillator on site means the home and the community has a potentially lifesaving facility."