Campaign: It's not difficult to SAVE A LIFE
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) remains the UK's single biggest cause of death. There are 60,000 out-of-hospital SCA in the UK every year. SCA does not discriminate, it can happen to anyone, at anytime and often without warning.
When someone suffers SCA, their chance of survival reduces by 10% each minute that passes if nothing is being done for them. Giving CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) is not difficult and will give them the best chance of recovery.
Get involved with this campaign
Do you think you could be part of a community team that can help make a difference?
Would you like to access training on using defibrillators?
If yes, and you'd like to become involved with Penny Mordaunt's 'Be A Life Saver' campaign, please contact Penny's office on 02392 375377.
Penny Mordaunt MP launched the 'It's not difficult' campaign in the Portsmouth area. The campaign aims are, to encourage companies, clubs and communities to acquire a defibrillator and individuals to learn how to use them and learn how to give CPR.
It's not difficult to give CPR, It's not difficult to use an AED, It's not difficult to save a life.
The event raised awareness across Portsmouth.
Dick Tracey, Community Responder Manager at SCAS, has led a successful campaign in Oxfordshire to install more public access defibrillators (PADs) and now is extending that to Portsmouth. He also wants to encourage more local people to learn how to perform life-saving CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Dick said: "Over the last few years, SCAS has trained over 4,000 people in Oxfordshire to perform effective CPR and installed over 400 defibrillators. We now want to repeat that success in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.
"If you suffer a cardiac arrest, for every minute that passes your chances of survival reduce by 10%. That's why it's our aim in SCAS to get to the point where everyone in the South Central region would be within 8 minutes of their nearest defibrillator."
SCAS attends, on average, five patients in the South Central region every day who are either in cardiac arrest or who have suffered a heart attack.
Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said:
"65 people who died last year of a cardiac arrest in the Portsmouth area perhaps could have been saved if a defib or someone with knowledge of CPR was on hand.
"We are campaigning to massively increase the chances of surviving a heart attack in the Portsmouth area.
"The first phase of the campaign has been to identify and map where defibs are in the city and SE ambulance service now have this information available to their 999 call handlers.
"Today we are launching the next phase of the campaign- to get as many people as possible learning how to use a defib and how to do CPR. We are doing a mass training session at lakeside North harbour to launch his part of the campaign. There will be an ongoing training programme for anyone in the city who wants to learn provided by the ambulance service and other training providers.
"The next stages will be to increase the number of defibs available in the city and fundraising to fill the gaps. We are also doing some work with our schools and colleges.
"It is not difficult to be a life saver and I hope many people will step forward to discover just how easy it is."
SCAS, Health campaigners and the Portsmouth News have back Penny Mordaunt's launch of 'It's not difficult to SAVE A LIFE' campaign.
Penny Mordaunt launches the CPR and DeFib training event in Portsmouth.
Penny Mordaunt has supported and campaigned for more Defribrilators for many years.