BHF funded defibrillators are reliable and safe

19 May 2017        

Category: BHF Comment

The two types of defibrillator

Setting the record straight: Are BHF funded defibrillators faulty?

We are leading the fight to improve the UK’s rates of survival following a heart attack or cardiac arrest. We want to ensure that everyone is confident to do CPR before the emergency services arrive and sometimes defibrillators are needed.  

It has been reported in today’s news that according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) more than 10,000 ‘LIFEPAK 1000’ defibrillators in the UK may be affected by a fault, meaning they won’t work in an emergency. 

Our response:

Our Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie, said: “For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. 

“These devices can really mean the difference between life and death and we want to reassure anyone who has been awarded a defibrillator through British Heart Foundation funding that they do not need to be concerned about the reliability of their machine. 

“The devices we allocate through our schemes are of a different variety to the brand in question which has identified some machines that have been affected by a fault.”

 

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