London Hearts and the Mindray BeneHeart C1A AED have been selected as the supplier and defibrillator of choice by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) for its new £1 million Community Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Fund.
The fund aims to make more AEDs available in public places to improve the survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Every minute that a person in sudden cardiac arrest does not receive defibrillation, their chances of survival drop by 7-10%.
Following a competitive tender process, London Hearts in partnership with Smarter Society secured the contract to supply AEDs and administer the fund. The Mindray Beneheart C1A AED has been selected as the premier AED for the roll out. London Hearts will also contribute towards match funding for eligible applications alongside the DHSC.
The advanced clinical specification of Mindray’s BeneHeart C1A AED made it a stand-out solution:
- Rapid charge time means the first shock can be delivered in less than 8 seconds.
- Step-by-step animated and vocal guides for rescuers automatically tailor instructions to suit rescuer proficiency.
- 360J biphasic technology automatically adjusts shocks based on patient impedance to help treat difficult to defibrillate patients
- Defibrillation therapy is provided according to AHA/ERC guidelines; delivering 200J initially, then 300J for the second shock and 360J for the third.
The Community AED Fund will support distribution of 2,000 AEDs across England. 100 AEDs will be fully funded in areas with the greatest need for defibrillators. Other applications will receive a match funding contribution from DHSC and London Hearts.
Community groups and social enterprises such as sports clubs, social clubs and places of worship are eligible for funding. Every recipient organisation will receive training so individuals feel more confident using the AED and can increase their chances of saving lives.
Paul Bailey, General Manager of Mindray UK said: “This new community fund will help save so many lives and Mindray is extremely proud to supply the AEDs. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with our distributor, London Hearts, with whom we have already successfully installed thousands of public access AEDs across the UK.”
Jo Lovell, Operations Manager at London Hearts said “We are incredibly proud to have been chosen to work with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC). At London Hearts we see first-hand the amazing fundraising efforts of individuals, community groups and social enterprises who want to install life-saving AEDs. This funding scheme will be a huge boost towards achieving their goals and improving survival rates from cardiac arrest.”
To find out more about Mindray’s BeneHeart C1A AED visit; www.mindray.com/uk/products/aed/beneheart-c-series
Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for the Community AED Fund at: www.defibgrant.co.uk