Location and Intelligent Mapping of Public Access Defibrillators in Yorkshire and the Humber

In a nutshell: The Improvement Academy worked with partner organisations to determine the location and details of public access defibrillators throughout Yorkshire & Humber region and identify where further defibrillators need to be deployed. Overall we aimed to increase the use of public access defibrillators and increase survival rates.

The challenge

The Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy from the Department of Health (2013) recognised the need to prioritise resuscitation from “out of hospital cardiac arrest” (OHCA) as an area for improvement. It is estimated that up to 75,000 OHCAs occur each year in the UK and ambulance services attempt resuscitation in approximately 40% of cases. At present, only a small number of individuals survive. If survival rates were increased from the overall national average (around 7%) to that of the best reported (12%), it is estimated that an additional 1,000 lives could be saved each year.

There is a ‘Chain of Survival,’ advocated by the UK Resuscitation Council in the event of a cardiac arrest. Timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation have been identified as the most important factors in determining survival.

Public access defibrillator’ (PAD)’s have been shown to be safe and can be used without first aid training. The use of a defibrillator prior to the arrival of ambulance services has shown to approximately double rates of survival after OHCA.

What did we do?

We worked collaboratively with British Heart Foundation and Yorkshire Ambulance Service to deliver the following 3 key elements:

To enter details about a Public Access Defibriltaor please visit our new site at www.mapmydefib.com.

Future Plans

You can still register details about a Public Access Defibrillator by clicking on the link above.

Considerations were being made for identification and definition of a model that is successful and transferrable to other regions of the UK.