The Cardiac Action Group aims to install the island’s newest public access defibrillator outside Credit Suisse in the South Esplanade.
The Swiss flag flying at the entrance to the investment bank displays a white cross on a red background; that may soon be joined by a white cross on a green background, but for a very different reason.
If planning permission is granted, the CAG will install a public access defibrillator (PAD) on the northern outside wall of the Credit Suisse Trust building. Inside the PAD will be an automated external defibrillator (AED), for use in an emergency.
It’s the latest step in the charity’s 'Restart A Heart' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of heart disease in Guernsey, promote cardiac patient care, facilitate the development of new cardiac services, and support existing services – including the use of public AED units.
Charity Secretary Gerry Le Roy stated: “Cardiac arrest can strike a seemingly healthy person of any age, at anytime and anywhere. Time between onset of cardiac arrest and provision of care is fundamental. Having a defibrillator nearby can save a life.”
The AED will sit in a bright green, wall-mounted, locked cabinet. In an emergency, users call 999 to get a four-digit code to gain access to the cabinet. The defibrillator analyses the heart rhythm of the patient and, if necessary, automatically gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart that may restore a more stable rhythm.
Mrs Le Roy said: “The aim of the CAG project is to save lives and the quality of those lives by making PAD sites accessible to the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and teaching the knowledge, skills and confidence to use this equipment.”
Pictured top: A public access defibrillator (PAD) will be sited at Credit Suisse, if planning permission is granted.
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