DefibDepot was started with the vision of supplying defibrillators to both the public and private sector from all the leading manufactures in the UK at an affordable price.
Ambulance Services in England attempt resuscitation in nearly 30,000 people suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) each year.
In the majority of these cases the primary cause of the arrest is an abnormality of the heart. Only 7–8% of people in whom resuscitation is attempted survive to hospital discharge. Survival can be increased significantly by the early use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) either by members of the public or the emergency services. Where AEDs are available for use by the public, they are referred to as public access defibrillators (PADs).
The chances of survival are very time-dependent; the longer the attempted resuscitation is delayed, the worse the outcome. In patients with a shockable heart rhythm, there is approximately a 10% reduction in survival for every minute’s delay in providing defibrillation. However, the chance of survival can be increased two-to-threefold by the immediate provision of bystander CPR. The Department of Health indicate that more than 1,000 lives could be saved each year in England if more members of the public were trained in CPR and there was earlier and greater access to, and willingness to use, PADs.