Defibrillator Stolen

Thieves target life-saving equipment

We are pleased to report that the stolen defibrillator was subsequently found abandoned by the roadside, the story below outlines more information about defibrillators.
Thoughtless thieves have made off with a life-saving piece of equipment from a West Sussex village. The Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) was stolen from Haglands Lane in West Chiltington last weekend. It had been placed by the local Chiltington Area Response Team (CHART) of Community First Responders in a BT telephone box they purchased two years ago.

Evidence clearly points to early defibrillation alongside effective CPR significantly increasing the survival rates of patients suffering a cardiac arrest in the community. The importance of members of the public learning life-saving skills and the role Public Access Defibrillators can play in the vital minutes before the arrival of ambulance crews in saving people’s lives cannot be underestimated.


The group’s Senior Community First Responder and Team Leader Dave Nelson says those responsible should seriously consider how damaging their actions could prove and

has issued the following information to highlight the importance of defibrillators being placed in local communities.

 60,000 people per year have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital
 When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation
reduces their chances of survival by around 10%
 The defibrillator is easy to use and safe as it will only deliver an electric shock to a
patient who is in cardiac arrest
 The devices have all been placed in strategic locations to ensure that the West
Chiltington and surrounding communities have prompt access to a defibrillator id
 CHART aim to provide 24/7 coverage to assist the ambulance service in the local
area in the event of a cardiac arrest or other life-threatening situation voluntarily and
these access points form a key link in the response to cardiac arrest in the
Below Dave also outlines the five reasons why it’s not worth stealing a defibrillator.
 The theft prevents the quick and prompt use for someone in cardiac arrest
 The defib is of no value and no self-respecting first aider, medical volunteer or
professional would buy such a device off eBay or similar
 They really only have one use and that is to save a life
 It could take a few weeks to replace and this could be just the difference to a member
of the local community
 The manufacturers have been informed along with Sussex Police, should this device
be sent for repair, updating via the Internet or for sale to a medical service the device
serial number has been noted by all required agencies.

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