Calderdale sta­tions get de­fib­ril­la­tors

Halifax Courier - - Quiz Of The Week - By Cassie Irv­ing

North­ern Rail has in­tro­duced life­sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors at rail­way sta­tions across Calderdale thanks to a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with the York­shire Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (YAS). North­ern has re­cently in­stalled de­fib­ril­la­tor sets at Hal­i­fax, Sowerby Bridge and Heb­den Bridge sta­tions and 10 other lo­ca­tions around the north.

As the num­ber of com­mu­nity Pub­lic Ac­cess De­fib­ril­la­tors (cPAD) avail­able in pub­lic spa­ces in­creases, North­ern is aim­ing to of­fer the same peace of mind at some of its busiest sta­tions across York­shire.

The cPADs, are sim­ple and safe to use, with the ma­chine giv­ing clear spo­ken in­struc­tions, and no train­ing is re­quired to use one. The de­fib­ril­la­tor will de­tect the heart’s rhythm and will only de­liver a shock if one is needed.

Natalie Lough­bor­ough, cus­tomer ser­vice di­rec­tor for North­ern, said: “This piece of equip­ment is worth its weight in gold and count­less lives have been saved by cPADs in pub­lic spa­ces. Last year one of our cPADs was used by a mem­ber of our team to help save the life of a cus­tomer, which is fan­tas­tic.” Emma Scott, com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tion of­fi­cer at YAS, said: “We know that in many med­i­cal emer­gen­cies the first few min­utes are crit­i­cal and if ef­fec­tive treat­ment can be per­formed, lives can be saved and dis­abil­ity re­duced. “The im­por­tance of the Chain of Sur­vival, in­clud­ing early recog­ni­tion, call­ing 999, by­stander car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) and early de­fib­ril­la­tion, can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated. “Hav­ing easy ac­cess to a com­mu­nity Pub­lic Ac­cess De­fib­ril­la­tor (cPAD) means that im­me­di­ate life-sav­ing care can be pro­vided.”

Staff from North­ern Rail and York­shire Am­bu­lance Ser­vice with one of the de­fib­ril­la­tors.

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