Cookson First Aid making Heart Safe Communities

Cookson First Aid is really excited to be working with The British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and the Resuscitation Council UK on their ‘HeartSafe Communities’ pilot. 

Wythenshawe, one of just two areas in England (the other being Enfield in London) has been selected to pilot a groundbreaking piece of research focused on helping communities become more resilient so that when an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurs, there is an increased chance of survival. Through this pilot, we will create a model and guidance on where to position defibrillators in communities, as well as getting residents knowing where to find, and how to use a defibrillator.

Every second that goes by when someone is in cardiac arrest matters. Without immediate CPR and effective defibrillator use, the chances of someone surviving reduces by 10% each minute. Access to defibrillators and CPR training are the key to saving lives. 

As part of this pilot we are working with Wythenshawe community organisations, schools, businesses, Councillors, Neighbourhood teams and residents to help us create a blueprint for communities across England on defibrillator access, and help make sure as many people as possible know how to save a life.