AED's in Public Places
by Ian Best
AED's in public places.
I have set this page (http://aedsinpublicplaces.com/) up to promote the use of AED's in public places, such as shopping centres, and sports halls, and to get the message across to as many people as I possibly can, just how easy and safe to use the AED is.
The reason I feel so passionately about AED's being placed in public places is due to a personal experience - In January 2011 whilst enjoying a stay in Blackpool, I had a cardiac arrest. My wife was with me at the time but was completely unaware of what to do to help me other than to shout out and get help! Fortunately the staff at the hotel we were staying at had been trained to use an AED and brought the amazing piece of equipment to my aid immediately! This undoubtedly saved my life! I was admitted to hospital where I had an ICD (mini defibrillator) fitted to my heart and 10 days later returned home to the South West. On returning home I was amazed to discover that here in the South West there were no AED's for public use and very few in hotels, shopping centres, on beaches or in gyms either.
I have now taken up the campaign to introduce these machines to the South West, and around the UK to make members of the public aware of them and how easy and safe they are to use.