UKSA now has a defibrillator onsite.

Anyone can suffer a cardiac arrest, and with 9,000 young people through the doors at UKSA every year, a successful bid to keep a defibrillator onsite was granted by the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

Several members of UKSA staff have been trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation in an out of hospital cardiac arrest situation by the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service’s commercial arm.

Chris Frisby, our Facilities Manager, said: “I am really pleased we now have a defibrillator on site. Staff have been trained on how to use it so we are always prepared in the case of an emergency, and you never know when it might be needed.”

Louise Walker, Commercial Training Officer at the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service explained: “Without CPR, oxygenated blood is not being pumped around the vital organs and for every minute we delay defibrillation of the person that requires it their chance of survival decreases by around 14 per cent.

“You will do more harm to a person in cardiac arrest by not doing anything.  It’s so important that people think and act quickly, by phoning 999 or 112 as soon as they recognise that a person is unconscious and not breathing normally.  Commencing CPR will buy the patient time until the emergency services arrive.”