Ambulance Service launches life-saving app: How many defibrillators are in Calderdale?

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has launched a life-saving app
Yorkshire Ambulance Service has launched a life-saving app

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust is launching a life-saving app which maps all the 1,288 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across the county.

The Save a Life app tells users the location of the nearest AED and provides CPR guidance in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.

The app is designed to make members of the public aware of their nearest AED, as well as highlighting communities which don’t have a life-saving device.

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Paul Stevens, Head of Community Resilience at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “There has been a staggering increase in the number of AEDs across Yorkshire; four years ago there were 100 and today there are 1,288. This app plots all the AEDs so members of the public can familiarise themselves with the location of their nearest device.

“We also hope that communities which don’t have the life-saving kit will consider purchasing one via the various funding streams which are available.

“However, the app should not be used in an emergency. In the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest, you should still call 999 and will then be told the location of your nearest AED and the code needed to access it. We would encourage members of the public to proactively use the app to locate their nearest AED so that they can be prepared for an emergency situation.”

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The Save a Life app is free to download and contains the the details of the 1,288 AEDs across the county, including the over 30 defibrillators in Calderdale.