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The box from which the defibrillator was stolen.

The box from which the defibrillator was stolen.

Equipment saves lives

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 11:30

From Louise Walker, head of IW ambulance training and community response services:
I struggle to find the words to express my huge disappointment to learn the Cowes defibrillator has gone missing.
As an ambulance service, we and our defibrillator guardians work extremely hard to ensure these life-saving devices are in place, should someone suffer a sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
If an unconscious casualty’s heart goes into a shockable rhythm, their chance of survival with CPR alone can be less seven per cent. However, if a defibrillator is there within the first three minutes, their chance of survival can increase, in some cases, to as much as 74 per cent.
If anyone knows the whereabouts of the defibrillator taken from Birmingham Road, Cowes, please call 101. If you know who has taken it, ask them to return it to its outside wall box so it can once again be available for all the community.

 


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