BASICS Responder with a defibrillatorDefibrillators have been around since the 1950’s and have been used in the fight against sudden cardiac arrest over the last 60+years. They are an integral part of the chain of survival.

The chain when unbroken means the victim of sudden cardiac arrest receives the best possible immediate care.

The defibrillators supplied to Basics responders by Sandpiper will have a significant benefit to victims of sudden unexpected cardiac arrest in remote and rural Scotland.

A defibrillator needs to be used as soon as possible in the cardiac arrest patient to improve their chances of Survival.

When a cardiac arrest occurs the patients heart frequently jumps out of normal rhythm to an abnormal rhythm known as Ventricular Fibrillation. The Defibrillator is able to detect this rhythm and if indicated provides a medically controlled electric shock to jump the abnormal rhythm back normal. Sometimes many shocks may be required and the operator is guided by visual and voice prompts provided by the defibrillator.

The AED provided by Sandpiper is the latest generation of Automated External Defibrillator that uses ‘smart pad’ technology to detect patients in Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiac Arrest and provides rescue shocks to attempt to normalise the victims heart rhythm.

They are easy to use, have a long pad and battery life, they are light and robust that the Basics responder can carry within the Sandpiper bag if required.

Sandpiper have sponsored a number of defibrillators to be positioned in strategic locations such as Cattle Auction Marts, Golf Courses and other locations to help in the fight against sudden unexpected Cardiac death.