The aims of Droitwich AED, as listed with the Charity Commission, are:
The advancement of health or the saving of lives by reducing Post-Cardiac Arrest fatalities in Droitwich Spa and surrounding areas in particular but not exclusively by:
- Providing free of charge publicly accessible AED defibrillators.
- Providing free of charge basic life support training (CPR + AED).
- Providing subsidised first aid training.
Aim and Objectives
The overall aim of Droitwich AED is to increase the chance of survival for anyone in Droitwich and surrounding areas suffering an out of hospital cardiac arrest or a heart attack.
This will be achieved by:
- Increasing the early diagnosis of an OHCA or heart attack so that a 999 call is made at the earliest possible opportunity.
- Increasing the number of people being trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) who are then available to promptly commence Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and place a casualty in the Safe Airway Position (Recovery Position.
- Increasing the number of Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADS) available 24/7 in Droitwich (See CPAD and AED Locations.
- Fundraising to purchase and maintain Community Public Access Defibrillators and to enable all BLS training to be provided free of charge
We initially plan to site CPADS about half a mile apart throughout Droitwich to ensure that, in an emergency, nobody is more than a quarter of a mile from one. At that sort of spacing everybody should be able to obtain and deploy an AED within three or four minutes.
We run FREE 2-hour Basic Life Support classes approximately monthly at Droitwich Medical Centre (See Courses and Lesson Plan), and subsidised One-Day Emergency First Aid Courses (for donations of at least £25 per person) at the Droitwich Fire Station.
We go out to schools and clubs to give free demonstrations of Basic Life Support skills (CPR, use of Defibrillators, Recovery Position)
We would come to any local employer’s premises to run BLS, EFW or the Three-Day First Aid in the Workplace (FAW) courses if required. We just ask for donations of at least £200 per instructor day to run these courses, and you can have up to twelve delegates on a course.
This could work out as little as only £16.67 per delegate per day for EFW and FAW First Aid Courses.
If we ran three two-hour BLS courses a day with twelve employees on each it works out at less than £5.56 per employee!