Slimbridge Football Club given defibrillator for cardiac arrest risk
8:02am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
SLIMBRIDGE Football Club and the nearby community have been equipped with a life-saving defibrillator thanks to the Football Association (FA) and British Heart Foundation (BHF).
In a unique partnership between the BHF and the FA, more than 900 defibrillators have been made available to clubs in the national league system and in the women’s super league to help save the lives of cardiac arrest casualties.
Slimbridge is the latest club to install a defibrillator, giving players, staff and fans access to the equipment needed to save lives in their community.
The club was also given information about hands-only CPR.
Two-thirds of the cost of the defibrillator was provided to the club by the FA and BHF.
Club secretary Colin Gay said it was a vital piece of equipment.
“This could prove to be the difference between life and death and it's a welcome addition to this club and its community,” he said.
"The FA and BHF have made it possible for Slimbridge Football Club to be part of the drive to improve the UK's poor cardiac arrest survival rates, along with CPR, a defibrillator is a vital link in the chain of survival and we're lucky that we now have the skills and the equipment at the club to save a life."
A defibrillator, also known as an Automatic External Defibrillator or AED, gives the heart a controlled electrical shock during cardiac arrest.
For every minute, that passes without CPR of defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by about 10 per cent.
Research shows giving CPR and a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival if CPR has been carried out as well.
In January, Kingswood AFC player and Wotton-under-Edge father-of-one, Mike Rodman, died after collapsing on the pitch during a match.
Despite being given CPR on the pitch until paramedics arrived to take over, Mr Rodman could not be resuscitated and he was pronounced dead an hour later.
Other clubs can find information about the application process by visiting www.bhf.org.uk/football
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