Residents sought support to help fund a
community defibrillator and Village Emergency Telephone System through a crowdfunding programme in March 2017. Over recent years, at least four residents have died of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and three of those died on the beach. Had a community defibrillator
been available the outcome may have been very different. Although there are only 100 residents in East Haven, thousands of people pass through the village every year increasing the risk of somebody experiencing a SCA.
are used when somebody has a sudden cardiac arrest and cardiac massage does not restart the heart. Survival rates after sudden cardiac arrest with CPR alone stand at around 5%. By using a defibrillator, the survival rate increases by up to 50%. Public access,
community defibrillators are designed to be used by both trained and untrained people and ideally should be used within 5 minutes of the heart stopping. The Scottish Ambulance service aim to respond to up to 75% of cardiac arrests within 8 minutes but of course
this may be too late to restart the heart. To make matters worse, in East Haven, paramedics experience delays as they try to locate areas within the village and access properties on the south side of the railway bridge.
BT have agreed
that East Haven Together can adopt the village phone box and convert it in to a public access community defibrillator point. A review has identified that not one single telephone call has been made from the box during the last twelve months. However, a phone
will be retained in the box to make 999 emergency calls should it be required.
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