In a cardiac arrest emergency, every second counts

13 Sep, 2021

From one of SCA's suppliers, Wightman & Parrish.

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In a cardiac arrest emergency, every second counts.


The Mediana A16 AED (Automated external defibrillator) incorporate time-saving features optimised to deliver life-saving shocks as quickly as possible in an emergency. On average, 30,000 people per year suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Because on average it takes eight minutes for an ambulance in the UK to arrive, unfortunately the victim’s likelihood of survival is less than 10%. With the use of an AED within 3 minutes of a cardiac arrest event, the survival rate dramatically increases to 74%.

A recent news story highlights the need for AED's to be available more widely across schools, after a 12 year old boy, Oliver King died in 2011 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a swimming lesson in Liverpool. Mr King, Oliver's Father founded the charity The Oliver King Foundation to secure a change in government policy to promote the use of defibrillators in schools and sports clubs. "They should be as common in public buildings as fire extinguishers," he told BBC Breakfast.

Speaking in parliament on Monday, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said defibrillators should be in all schools, as he said that the government will look at changing the current regulations to prevent any future tragedies. A letter written by Dr Zafar Iqbal, Crystal Palace FC's head of sports medicine, has been sent to all MPs and the prime minister urging support for the Automated External Defibrillators Bill.

The new A16 AED from Mediana is available in both fully and semi-automatic options. With 3 pre-loaded languages, English, Welsh and Polish, the ability to change from adult to child mode at the touch of a button as well as being rated to IP55, it is ideal for use in a variety of locations and environments such as workplaces, schools or for public use. The unit has also been drop tested to 0.75m on all 6 sides, proving its robustness.

This video shows how to use Mediana's defibrillators:


You can also register on Mediana's website to receive free online training on how to use their defibrillators here.


For more information about the A16 AED, please call 01323 445001

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