"Our vision is that 100% of our 5k events have a defibrillator either at the finish line, or within 5 minutes of the finish line by the end of 2017" - parkrun UK.
As parkrun participation grows it is important that we continually assess and refine our health and safety provision. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the UK.
While CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is important, only an electric shock can restore a normal heart rhythm when a person experiences ventricular fibrillation — the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest. It is proven to be one of the most important tools in saving the life of someone suffering sudden cardiac arrest
The average emergency response time from the Ambulance service in a typical community is nine minutes. In a sudden cardiac arrest emergency, that’s too late. When people wait for paramedics to administer the first shock, the survival rate is only 5% to 7%.
When people use an AED (automated external defibrillator) and CPR on a victim within the first three to five minutes of a heart stopping, survival rates are as high as 60%.
AEDs are very easy to use. They are designed so that they can be used by practically anyone as the AED gives clear, verbal instructions to guide you through each step.
AEDs are safe for anyone to use as safeguards have been designed into the unit precisely so that non-medical responders can’t use the AED to shock someone who doesn’t need a shock - if the AED determines that no shock is needed, it will NOT allow a shock to be given.
Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun would like to raise funds for the purchase of an AED and we are pleased to say that Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have kindly offered to contribute toward the purchase of this equipment, which costs £674 and approximately £20 per annum for maintenance, however, we need to raise additional funds in order to afford the purchase. We hope to house the AED within the Cafe in Dunorlan Park so that it is can be accessed by all park users and not just during the parkrun event. Having the AED close to the finish line will also mean that, in the event of a person going into cardiac arrest it can be retrieved and used within the 3-5 minute timeframe mentioned above, which would mean that the victims survival rate is increased to 60%.
Please visit our website if you would like to make a donation towards the cost of this potentially life-saving piece of equipment which will remain in Dunorlan Park for future generations.