Community Life Savers is a Kent Social Action Project whose aims are to help and support local communities to become confident and competent in providing quality CPR and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to increase the chance of saving a life. We have started the process to become a registered charity so we can increase our impact and outreach.
Defibrillators (also known as AEDs) are medical devices that help and support a rescue for a patient in Cardiac Arrest. They achieve this by applying a current of electricity across the heart to stop it, allowing it to reconfigure automatically. Defibrillators are not "Heart Re-starters" - any sign indicating this is wrong!
Death from Cardiac Arrest if untreated is about 97% of cases. With the correct and rapid treatment, survival to hospital can, in theory, be raised to around the 70% mark, but this assumes rapid action, good CPR (Chest compressions) and also the timely use of a defibrillator.
The heart degrades by around 20% per minute after a Cardiac Arrest, and so the faster help can be given the better the outcome. The process is known as the ‘Chain of Survival'
We believe and have the boring figures to back it up that the more Defibrillators available and the quicker they are used the more lives will be saved.
So, we decided to start a social action project, building throughout the community on a mission to place AED's also known as Defibrillators in as many places as possible. Not only are we not for profit or affiliated to any supplier we will also supply FREE of charge training once you have placed your AED on site.
We are a dedicated group of volunteers that work in or have worked for the Ambulance Service and we are passionate about providing education and training to schools and local communities around the use of and placement of AED's. Our instructors and are privileged to be joined by a HEMS Critical Care Paramedic, who also gives his time freely for our mutual passion.
We believe that those who have the expenditure of purchasing an AED already understand the importance of these machines so once on site we offer free training and support to those who want to pass the information on.
We have no affiliation to any AED supplier but are more than happy to chat with you about the many options when you have decided to purchase to suit your pocket and needs.
If you are registered with Ofsted please get in touch to find out about your discounted rate for purchasing AED's and accessories.
Other than regularly checking the AED is ready for use by looking at the external indicators no maintenance is required. Some AED's will require a new battery once they have been used. All AED's will require new pads once it has been used. AED's can be positioned inside or externally with or without cases and locks.
Prices vary starting around £750 but vary on the model of AED as do the batteries and pads. We will advise on the best fit for your needs.
We are happy to help you organise a fundraising event for your AED, this also helps raise awareness to the general public of the huge advantages of having an AED close to you wherever you are.
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