Life-saving defibrillator installed at Rushden park

This valuable piece of equipment can help improve the survival rate for a patient who has suffered a cardiac arrest

By Stephanie Weaver
Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 1:41 pm

A potentially life-saving defibrillator has been installed at a popular Rushden park.

Hall Park now has a defibrillator, which can be found at the new accessible toilet next door to Rushden Museum.

Defibrillators are medical devices that help and support a rescue for a patient in cardiac arrest, working to restore their heart rhythm before emergency services arrive and improving the patient's survival rate.

A defibrillator has been installed at Hall Park, Rushden

A spokesman for Rushden Town Council said: "Last year, Rushden Town Council installed defibrillators at Spencer Park Pavilion and Jubilee Park Pavilion, and also plan to install three more defibrillators in locations across the town.

"The potentially life-saving defibrillators have been partly funded by East Northamptonshire Council's 'Councillor Empowerment Fund,' along with member contributions towards the installation costs, and a kind donation of £100 from the Independent Wesleyan Church, Rushden."

According to the British Heart Foundation, a defibrillator needs to be found as quickly as possible to help someone who is in cardiac arrest effectively.

For every minute it takes for the defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival reduce by up to 10 per cent.

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