New technology and collaboration are key to helping emergency services save more lives

27/11/20

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) is one of the leading causes of death and disability globally, with the UK recording significantly worse survival rates than many of its European counterparts. However, the combination of improved technologies and collaborative working between the emergency services to get life-saving intervention to patients faster, is already saving lives.

A person can die from SCA in minutes, with the chances of surviving dropping 10% per minute if CPR is not started. However, we know that using Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), can make a significant difference in patient outcomes if they’re used quickly after an SCA occurs.

The only way to improve outcomes is working together

Given the amount of space and population density that ambulances in the UK, especially in London, are required to cover, it’s impossible for paramedics alone to reach patients in these crucial time frames. Thanks to ongoing research and development, technology has made AEDs easier to use and readily available through organisations like Aero Healthcare. The challenge from there has been giving people the confidence to use them, and providing enough access to them in public places.With this in mind, the London Ambulance Service and the Metropolitan Police Authority have been taking proactive action, which has already resulted in lives saved. Working with Aero Healthcare, they have initiated a programme that sees police officers responding alongside ambulance crews to life-threatening emergencies in the city using the Aero LIFEPAK CR2.

Professional skill and technological innovation

Used to working in high-pressure situations, police officers are the ideal professional partners in bringing more AED availability to public places. Meanwhile, the Aero LIFEPAK CR2 is the latest in defibrillator technology, helping to deliver life-saving treatment to victims of sudden cardiac arrest quickly and effectively. Its key features are integral to delivering support that makes a tangible difference to patient outcomes. These include:

  • cprINSIGHT: It’s the only defibrillator with cprINSIGHT that allows you to continue CPR during the heart rhythm analysis

  • 3G connectivity: Connectivity to the ambulance services via 3G technology gives paramedics a complete view of a SCA event while they’re on the move, so they are better prepared on arrival. It sends the information onto the hospital to help determine treatment plans before arrival, without the need for a wifi connection. 

  • Paediatric mode: The LIFEPAK CR2 can be used on children under the age of eight by simply pressing the paediatric mode switch. 

  • Bilingual: Its bilingual feature means you can pre-set up to two languages for easier use relevant to the location and/or personnel.

  • LIFELINKcentral AED Program Manager: Location, battery status and other readiness information are automatically collected by the software for easy management via the online dashboard and automatic notifications.


The success of the initiative in London has shown the vital role that the combined forces of human action and technological availability play in giving patients the support they need.

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