People in the Louth area are benefitting from nine new, state-of-the-art defibrillators, thanks to a grant made by CDS Action Charitable Trust to LIVES.
As many rural areas in Lincolnshire are remote, LIVES Responders are often first on the scene and having the latest technology in their kitbag gives patients in cardiac arrest the very best chance of a positive outcome.
CDS Action Charitable Trust awarded LIVES with a grant to purchase nine ZOLL AED3 BLS Defibrillators for their Emergency First Responders in the Louth District of Lincolnshire. Armed with the new defibrillators, the LIVES Responders in the Louth District have attended 46 incidents in the area since 31st March 2022: including 5 cardiac arrests, 11 patients experiencing chest pains, 7 road traffic incidents and 3 incidents of major trauma.*
* Data as of July 2022
CDS Action Charitable Trust Chair Brigit Parker explained: “This employee led Trust makes small grants that make a big difference in those areas where CDS CIC provides community dental and oral health services. We are really pleased to have been able to support the vital lifesaving work LIVES do every day and to benefit a community where our patients and employees live.”
The defibrillators utilise new technology that provides live audio and visual feedback in the form of an interactive sensor on the patient’s chest, that changes colour and shape to guide resuscitation on scene. They also store this information together with feedback about the patient’s response to medical intervention, which is instantly uploaded to the Cloud via a Wi-Fi connection. This new capability means that LIVES Responders can share vital patient information with the ambulance service whilst enroute to the incident, and later with A&E doctors at the hospital, so that they can assess and prepare for the patient’s arrival.
Another key feature is that the pads are interchangeable between units and can quickly and easily be attached to the machine’s used by advanced Medics and Doctors if they are called to scene, eliminating any pause in CPR.
Nikki Cooke, CEO of LIVES: “LIVES are committed to making Lincolnshire the safest place to have a medical emergency and invest significant funds every year to ensure our Responders are trained and equipped to attend 999 medical emergencies across the county.
This generous donation from The CDS Action Charitable Trust means that if someone in our Louth District has a cardiac arrest, our Responders will arrive on scene carrying the latest lifesaving equipment to give them the very best chance of survival.”