Teamwork has helped Pickering Town Football Club to become equipped with a life-saving piece of kit.
The Football Association (FA) and British Heart Foundation (BHF) have donated a defibrillator to the club – giving players, staff and fans access to the equipment should it be needed to help anyone suffering from a cardiac arrest.
Information about Hands-only CPR – as made famous by football legend Vinnie Jones – has also been provided.
Two-thirds of the cost of the defibrillator was provided to the club by the FA and BHF.
“This vital piece of equipment could prove to be the difference between life and death and it’s a welcome addition to this club and its community,” said club chairman Keith Usher.
“The FA and BHF have made it possible for Pickering Town 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 equipment at the club to save a life.”
Awareness around sudden cardiac arrests was heightened when former England Under 21 star Fabrice Muamba collapsed during an FA Cup tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers. His survival was all the more remarkable as statistics show that only around one in five people normally survive a witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
A defibrillator, also known as an Automated 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.
The British Heart Foundation has already helped place 11,000 defibrillators in the community since 1996. Since the charity launched Hands-only CPR last year, more than 30 lives have been saved by the technique.