SADS UK supporting first of its kind unit launched to promote heart education in rural North Wales
On Saturday (17 July 2021), Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) launched a brand new Mobile Cardiology Unit at Llyn Brenig. The first of its kind in Wales, the trailer will be used to promote heart education in rural areas and give CPR training in community settings, such as shopping centres, visitor hotspots and schools.
Julie Starling, BCUHB Advanced Arrhythmia Clinical Nurse Specialist and Project Manager, said: “A cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating due to a malfunction in the electrical system of the heart. A sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any age, anytime, and anywhere.
“We know that CPR and the use of a defibrillator is the most powerful combination to save a life in this situation. Bystander CPR before the ambulance arrives can more than double the chance of survival and defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse can result in survival rates as high as 70%.”
Tomos Hughes, the North Wales Public Access Defibrillators (PADS), Officer, added: “The huge benefit of having this trailer is that we can reach people in rural communities, and deliver more life saving CPR training and education on the use of defibrillators.
Read more about the initiative SADS UK is proud to be part of here : First of its kind unit launched to promote heart education in rural North Wales (wales247.co.uk)