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Defibrillators in Harpenden and Redbourn

In Harpenden and the surrounding villages we have a number of defibrillators. The present map has been compiled to facilitate finding a local defibrillator in an emergency. It is imperfect and will need updating - but additions and corrections can readily be made and will be helped by your input. Please let us know of necessary amendments on secretary@harpenden-lions.co.uk.

Data shows that heart and circulatory diseases cause a quarter of all deaths in the UK - an average of 460 deaths each day or one such event every 3 minutes: the survival out of hospital is less than 1 in 10 (1). That dismal statistic can be improved by life-support training - as was dramatically seen in the cases of footballers Christian Eriksen and Fabrice Muamba – and the use of a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest increases the chance of survival by over 40% (2). As a result the government plans to install debrillators in all schools and higher education establishments as part of a programme to teach resuscitation (3).

(1) Facts and figures - Information for journalists – BHF www.bhf.org.uk

(2) https://www.resuscitationjournal.com/article/S0300-9572(21)00448-2/fulltext#secst0040 www.resuscitationjournal.com

(3) Every school will have a life-saving defibrillator by 22/23 - www.gov.uk

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