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What are defibrillators and why are they important?
Defibrillators are devices that restore a normal heartbeat by delivering an electric shock to the heart to maintain life. They are specifically used to prevent or correct an arrhythmia which is a heartbeat that’s too slow, too fast or uneven. This machine can also restore the hearts beating if the heart suddenly stops. Defibrillators are important because they give the person a stronger chance of survival as without the use of defibrillation the surviving percentage drops from 10% to 7%.
History of defibrillators
Defibrillators were first demonstrated in 1899 by Jean-Louis Prévost and Frédéric Batelli, two physiologists from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. They discovered that small electrical shocks could induce ventricular fibrillation in dogs and that larger charges would reverse the condition. The first-ever defibrillator was invented in 1930 by William Kouwenhoven who was an American electrical engineer who studied the relationship between the electric shocks and the human body.
Defibrillators importance to Shrewsbury
They are important to this town because it shows people that anyone can be capable of saving a life as you don’t need to be trained to use one of these machines as they give direct instructions. 3 years ago, we had no defibrillators in this town and now we have 6 defibrillators in Shrewsbury dotted around the town thanks to the members of Original Shrewsbury and the Shrewsbury Council.
These defibrillators are placed in beneficial areas of the town where they are easy to access when needed in case of emergency. One of which was fundraised for in the location Greyfriars footbridge outside the stop café after a member of the community passed away due to a heart attack.
Other locations include:
- Shropshire Wildlife Trust near the Abbey.
- On the wall outside the Market Hall.
- Inside Tesco express on top of Pride hill (open until 10pm).
- Located inside the telephone box next to the Shrewsbury library.
- Greyfriars Footbridge outside the Stop Cafe.
- Outside the public toilets in the Quarry.
The two closest to to the Sabrina boat on the Victora Quay are located at the top or the Quarry park and the Market Hall in town.
We are proud to boast that all of our staff are First Aid trained so come and meet us at Sabrina Boat