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RCN Wales backs drive to boost access to defibrillators

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The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has announced that it is partnering with charity the British Heart Foundation to provide the kit and training to help people experiencing a heart attack.

RCN Wales has raised funds to provide a defibrillator outside its Cardiff offices in King George V Drive East, which will be available to both staff and members of the public to use in an emergency.

“Local people will have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest”

Tina Donnelly

The project also involves RCN staff and members of the local community receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation training from the foundation’s “nation of lifesavers” community package.

Tina Donnelly, director of RCN Wales, said: “Our defibrillator will be placed outside our building, meaning that local people will have the best chance of survival should they suffer a cardiac arrest.

“We’re keen to get as many people as possible trained in CPR too, so now we will be working to raise money for more defibrillators and more training for our local community,” she said.

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The charity is campaigning nationally to make defibrillators more accessible and recognisable, and wants all school pupils to be taught how to use them.

Through its Nation of Lifesavers campaign it wants to dramatically improve the “shocking” survival rate for those experiencing a cardiac arrest.

It is hoped that the initiative will dramatically improve survival rates for the 30,000 people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside hospital each year, of which currently less than one in 10 survives.

Sara Askew, head of survival at the foundation, said: “More lives could be saved if more defibrillators were available publicly and more people felt confident in using them and performing CPR.

“We are delighted that the RCN has joined our Nation of Lifesavers campaign by making another defibrillator available and teaching CPR locally,” she said.

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