New handheld defibrillator could save island lives says MP Virginia Crosbie

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has attended a Westminster event to meet the company behind a handheld defibrillator that could help islanders suffering a heart attack.

The CellAED (automated external defibrillators) are a fraction of the size and price of traditional technology and the world’s first personal defibrillator.

The meeting was part of Virginia’s ongoing campaign to log and expand the numbers of the life-saving medical kit across Anglesey and, crucially, to train local people to use them for free.

Each year in the UK, 60,000 sudden cardiac arrests happen out of hospital, making it one of the nation’s biggest killers.

The event, hosted by Rapid Response Revival and St John Ambulance demonstrated the CellAED.

“I am passionate about my defibrillator campaign and its success in not only identifying their locations but also providing free-of-charge first aid and defibrillator training to my constituents across Anglesey,” said Virginia.

“The key to improving survival rates is access to a defibrillator. Without defibrillation the chances of surviving cardiac arrest drop by 10% every minute. This means that in the UK, an average of 150 people a day die from out of hospital cardiac arrest – one person every ten minutes.

“At a tenth of the price, size and weight of current AED (defibrillator) technology this AED is making it accessible for homes, businesses and community groups to prepare for.

“I will be feeding back what I have seen to groups on the island and to anyone who is thinking of placing a defibrillator in their community.”

Defibrillators are usually in brightly coloured boxes mounted outside shops, community centres and other buildings.

These pieces of first aid equipment are designed to be used by members of the public without training to restart someone’s heart if they have gone into cardiac arrest.

Virginia is holding her next defibrillator training session over summer recess.

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