Rugby council joins HeartSafe network to help save lives

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Rugby Borough Council has joined the national HeartSafe network.

The council has joined forces with the Arrhythmia Alliance charity to install Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) at the Town Hall and Rugby Visitor Centre.

Defibrillators can be the difference between life and death when treating a heart attack victim.

The devices administer a small electric shock to the victim’s chest via twin adhesive pads - restoring a natural heart rhythm.

The PADs - housed in heated, waterproof cabinets - can be accessed by the public 24 hours a day. In an emergency a member of the public can dial 999 to find out the code to access the PAD.

The hi-tech devices require no formal training to use. After attaching the pads to the patient’s chest, the device’s computer analyses the heart rhythm before deciding whether the patient needs an electric shock.

The device then issues a voice prompt instructing when to deliver the shock, and the pads automatically deliver it.

Studies have revealed heart attack victims treated with traditional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have just a five per cent chance of survival, but when treated with a defibrillator and CPR, the survival rate rises to 50 per cent.

Cllr Sally Bragg, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for resources and corporate governance, said she was delighted the council had joined the HeartSafe network - which promotes the installation of PADs across the country.

“Every minute counts when treating someone who has suffered a heart attack,” Cllr Bragg said.

“Defibrillators substantially increase a patient’s chances of survival, and the PADs situated at the front of the Town Hall and the side of the Visitor Centre can be used by the public in the case of an emergency.”