Life-Saving THEFT

Written by on October 14, 2020

According to a report in the Bridgwater Mercury, thieves have stolen a potentially life-saving defibrillator from the wall outside the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater

the AED at McMillan Theatre, image courtesy of The Bridgwater Mercury

The device, known as an Automatic External Defibrillator or A.E.D. can be unlocked with a code provided by emergency services and be used by anyone giving first aid.

The device is attached to the patients chest and automatically monitors their condition, administering a shock to restart their heart when a cardiac arrest is detected.

A replacement device and housing which can be used on adults or children could cost in the region of £3000.

Most defibrillators in the county are bought through fundraising or private investments and are registered for use with the South Western Ambulance Service

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