The Welsh Ambulance Service launch its month long campaign #Defibuary

1st February 2019

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, early defibrillation is a crucial part of the chain of survival as their chance of surviving without intervention decreases by an estimated 10% with every passing minute.

To help raise public awareness about Defibrillators, on 1st February 2019 for the fourth year running the Patient Engagement & Community Involvement Team (PECI) team at the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust will launch its month long campaign #Defibuary.

As well as promoting key messages about this life saving equipment, the Trust is also asking for the public’s help to ensure that all defibrillators across Wales are registered with the Trust. To get involved, just take a photo or selfie with a defibrillator and send it with its location details including postcode via Twitter to @WelshAmbPIH using the hashtag #Defibuary. Last year’s campaign saw over 180 pictures being submitted. Prizes are also available to be won.

Last year residents of Llandegfan won a Welsh Ambulance Service defibrillator for their amazing effort in encouraging all members of the community to get involved in the campaign. A defibrillator donated by Cariad was also awarded to a Community First Responder for the Tonypandy and Pontypridd area who highlighted the low number of defibrillators in Tonypandy but who along with the wider team continues to raise funds to purchase defibrillators for their local community.

There are some great prizes to be won including a community debrillator, beauty products donated by John Lewis, family day pass for Mountain View Ranch, two complimentary tickets to Folly Farm, family vouchers for Snowdon Railway, family tickets to Dan-yr-Ogof Cave, four tickets to Welsh Mining Experience in Rhondda Heritage Park and a family of four voucher for Adventure Golf at Heatherton World of Activities.

Dr Brendan Lloyd, Medical Director for the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “When someone goes into cardiac arrest, early defibrillation is a crucial part of the chain of survival. In fact there are a number of people in Wales who are alive today thanks to the quick-thinking actions of bystanders in using a nearby defibrillator”.

“We have been working with a range of Healthcare Professionals and colleagues to ensure defibrillators in the community are registered on our computer system. This enables our call takers to advise callers and increases the opportunity to retrieve life-saving equipment quickly and save lives”.

“That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to familiarise themselves with where they can find the closest piece of lifesaving equipment available to them. Hopefully you will never need to use it, but it really could make all the difference.”

“WAST will be working closely with partners from ‘Save a Life Cymru’ and will actively target and support groups who are already teaching CPR within their communities. It will help them to build local networks, identifying communities across Wales who have fewer CPR training opportunities, helping them share their knowledge and skills. This will strengthen the chain of survival and build local community resilience.”

Please get involved and help save lives by tweeting your pictures to @WelshAmbPIH using the hashtag #Defibuary.

[Pictured Swansea City AFC Players Wilfried Bony & Nathan Dyer with Trust mascots Kim & Jack supporting #Defibuary campaign]