Lord Mayor learns first aid
The Lord Mayor of The City of
London, Ian Luder, was joined by well known ex-TV
presenter Angela Rippon, and trained in the use of
AED's by St John Ambulance volunteers at Broadgate Circle
in the heart of the City. Volunteers were also on hand to provide
advice and information to members of the public.
As part of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal, St John Ambulance is
set to place over 1,000 automated external defibrillators
the City of London and Tower Hamlets, including Canary Wharf,
together with essential training and support to help combat
incidences of heart attacks.
Research shows that access to defibrillation within three
minutes of cardiac arrest increases the chances of the patient
regaining a heartbeat by 33%. Those who suffer a cardiac arrest in
a public place and do not receive immediate defibrillation have
only a 4.4% chance of regaining a heartbeat.*
This year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal is going to save lives and leave a legacy of healthy hearts for the City.
Last week The Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2009 gave defibrillator
demonstrations at Broadgate Circle in order to highlight the ease
of use of, and necessity for, easily accessible defibrillators
across the City of London.
Ian Luder said: 'This year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal is going to
save lives and leave a legacy of healthy hearts for the City. The
Appeal will be giving something back via 1000 defibrillators for
those who live and work in the City of London and Tower Hamlets,
including Canary Wharf.'
Len Bamber, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance London (Prince
of Wales’s) District added: 'It has been proved that strategically
placed defibrillators can significantly reduce the incidents of
death via heart attacks. We would like defibrillators to be as
widely available and accessible as fire extinguishers so that this
year’s Appeal will really be saving lives.'
- According to the Department of Health, every two minutes
someone in the UK has a heart attack and half of these attacks will
- Every year 6000 Londoners die from a cardiac arrest before they
- Survival rates of those who suffer cardiac arrest outside
hospital in London is only 11%
- A defibrillator can save your life if you have a heart attack –
this year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal will save lives.
*From ‘A national scheme for public access defibrillation in
England and Wales: Early Results’ (March 2008).