Welsh Ambulance Service Public Access Defibrillator Scheme: PADS.
The Welsh Ambulance Service works in partnership with other organizations including the Welsh Assembly Government.
Defibrillators are now accessible in places such as railway stations, leisure centres and even on the top of Snowdon.
National PADS Manager Gerard Rothwell, based at Lansdowne Hospital, Cardiff, oversees the development of existing and new schemes across the country.
What is PADs?
A Public Access Defibrillation Scheme (PADs) is any location that has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available for use by members of the public and/or staff in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
Why do we need PAD schemes?
The Government’s White Paper entitled ‘Saving Lives – Our Healthier Nation’ focussed on having people trained in public places that could use a defibrillator.
There are around 120,000 victims of out of hospital sudden cardiac arrests annually in the UK with around 8,000 in Wales.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating effectively and normal breathing ceases. This results in the casualty becoming unresponsive and urgent intervention is required. The chances of survival are greatly increased when an AED is applied.
What is an AED?
AED’s are devices that can deliver an electric shock to a casualty in a cardiac arrest. These devices are simple and safe to use. Training is recommended but is not essential.
Where are AED’s located?
AED’s have been placed at locations across Wales usually where there are large visitor numbers and busy areas. The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST) has concentrated on locations such as airports, shopping centres, railway stations, leisure centres and ferry ports. There are many other AED locations that have been provided by other organasitions and communities across Wales and new schemes continue to be developed. There are currently over 250 locations in Wales.
All Cariad Defibrillators are placed onto PADs.
If you have purchased or obtained a defibrillator and are unsure whether it has been placed onto PADs, please contact either Cariad or Welsh Ambulance Service PADs officer Gerard Rothwell.