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Northumberland airfield installs defibrillator - after heart scares; Eshott airfield in Northumberland has installed a defibrillator after several heart scares among older members.

Byline: Brian Daniel

Aerodome bosses have installed a defibrillator - after several heart scares among older fliers.

The airfield at Eshott, near Morpeth, Northumberland, has seen several users suffering heart scares, although none have been fatal.

But now flying enthusiasts decided the time had come to get some protection in place.

Several US studies document the effects of time to defibrillation on survival from cardiac arrest and the consensus is that minutes count.

If a rescuer can provide defibrillation in the first minute, the victim's chance of survival increases to more than 90 per cent. However, each minute that passes will decrease the victim's chance of survival by seven to 10 per cent if no defibrillation is provided.

The site now has a state-of-the-art Powerheart G5 automatic emergency defibrillator (AED) from Cardiac Science on hand, which is designed to talk a user through a rescue step by step.

It is the only AED which gives a shock only if required making it easy to use.

The AED has been installed at the airfield's clubhouse building and a number of key people on the site have been trained as first responders.

Roy Woolridge and airfield owner Storm Smith helped get the defibrillator in place.

Roy has his own plane at Eshott and also owns WIN Health, a UK-based distributor of a range of medical devices and healthcare products.

He said: "It is an essential safeguard for everyone who uses the airfield. It is a large, fairly remote place which emergency services would struggle to get to in the event of an incident and having had a couple of scares we did not want to take the risk anymore.

"The defib will give us all peace of mind."

John McPherson, from Cardiac Science, added: "It often takes a heart scare to get people thinking about what they would do in a sudden cardiac arrest emergency and the G5 will now provide immediate help as required for flying enthusiasts and others who use the airfield regularly."

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 25, 2015
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