East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and Jackson Civil Engineering have teamed up to provide a lifesaving Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for the Ipswich community.
Situated at Jackson’s head office in Ipswich, the new public AED which was donated by EAAA, is directly opposite a large residential area, making it accessible to anyone who may need it in an emergency.
Patrick Peal, EAAA Chief Executive, said “These AEDs can dramatically improve the outcome of a patient, so placing them in the most accessible location is vital. That’s why we chose the Jackson office and we’re thrilled they agreed to provide this lifesaving solution for the local community. It is a great example of how organisations can provide support for their local communities.”
When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%, however if a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes, survival chances increase from 6% to 74%.
Jackson Civil Engineering CEO, Richard Neall, said “The statistics speak for themselves and we’re delighted to be able to offer the AED round the clock, to anyone who needs it.”
The AED is kept in a secure storage box, which can only be accessed in emergency situations through the emergency services. Community AEDs can be found across the country and have been used on numerous occasions by members of the public.