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Group of Paramedics With External Defibrillator Cabinets

Friends of Frome Hospital

New Cabinet Installations

Setter of HeartSafe®. Their plan, already formulated was to place HeartSafe® cabinets and defibrillators throughout the market town of Frome. Initially, 20 locations were identified with the numbers increasing as the years progressed.  
Working with South West Ambulance Service, Clive and his colleagues, training awareness sessions were set up at each public access defibrillator site once they were installed and commissioned. The project became one of the most respected and beneficial medical support initiatives in the region.

Over the years, all Schools were approached and offered CPR training by the Friends of Frome Hospital working with teams of trained/qualified experts. Installing defibrillators is only one part of the Friends of Frome Hospital areas of support for the community. A close association has continued with HeartSafe® who are at hand to help in any way they can when called upon and undertake without charge awareness training of the use of a defibrillator.

Villages and Rural Locations

Despite every effort and endeavour by ambulance paramedics, some emergency calls can take more than 10 minutes to arrive at an incident.


Rural communities and Villages are at greater risk when cardiac arrest occurs. Every effort is made to arrive at an incident within the Government recommended timescales of 8 minutes. When a cardiac arrest occurs every minute without the use of an AED can reduce chance of survival by 10%. When 10 minutes approaches, only effective CPR may prolong the chance of survival of the patient.

Do not depend on someone’s memory of how CPR is performed having watched Casualty or the Vinnie Jones CPR Heart Advert, ensure you have the right type of defibrillator that gives you feedback as to the quality of CPR you are administering. In our view, the HeartSine Samaritan® PAD 500P is the best choice of defibrillator due to its unique patented impedance cardiogram.

When a cardiac arrest occurs out of the hospital the most likely place for it to happen is at home between midnight and 7 am. The bedroom or bathroom is the likely place it occurs. Lay people are likely to obtain the AED and use it. The AED will only shock a patient if a shockable arrhythmia is detected. This may be approximately 50% of the time. If no arrhythmia is found, you must carry out CPR, to manually pump the patient’s heart until professional help arrives.



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