MORE machines that can kick-start the heart should be made available in public places, according to a first aid charity.
St John Ambulance is encouraging more doctors, dentists, leisure facilities and shopping centres in Hampshire to invest in defibrillators.
The equipment is used to ‘shock’ the heart if it stops beating to get it restarted.
The charity says that if used quick enough it could be the difference between life and death.
Users do not need first aid training to use the machine.
Ralph Brown, training manager for St John Ambulance in the south east, said: ‘We believe no-one should die because of a lack of first aid when they need it.
‘The survival rate increases by more than 50 per cent if a defibrillator is used within the first four minutes so immediate defibrillation could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
‘In an emergency anyone can use as a defibrillator as the machine talks you through the process.
‘The more that are located throughout the county, the more lives can be saved.’
This month is National Heart Month, and to coincide the charity is offering a defibrillator and training for eight people in an organisation at a reduced price.
To find out more call 0844 324 5535 or visit sja.org.uk.