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Local business donates defibrillator to Southwater Community First Responders

Trimbio, a Horsham based business, that supplies and services new and reconditioned medical devices, was pleased to donate a defibrillator to the Southwater Community First Responders at the Southwater Christmas Festival, for use as a Public Access Defibrillator.

Simon Francis, the founder and Managing Director of Trimbio, said: “After working with these devices for several years, I realised not only how important they are, but also that there is a shortage of them in public places.”

In the UK, there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests a year where emergency medical services attempt to resuscitate the victim out side of hospital, with less than 10% of these patients surviving post hospitalisation. However, if prompt action is taken then this survival rate can increase to over 50%, ( London Ambulance Service recently reported a rate of 56%), this prompt action is based on a few simple steps:

1. The cardiac arrest is recognised immediately.
2. 999 is called.
3. CPR is performed by bystanders with the use of a Public Access Defibrillator.

Simon continued: “Public Access Defibrillators are extremely safe to use these days, they talk you though the whole process, including automatically analysing the patients heart rate prior to shocking and will not allow a shock to be delivered if it is not required.

“It is great to be able to give something to our local community that could one day save a life.”

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