LIVES are at risk because machines to kick-start the heart when someone collapses are almost impossible to find, new research warns.
Some of the defibrillators were found locked away in cupboards.
Thousands of lives are at risk as heart shockers are too hard to find[/caption]
In other cases, staff in charge of them had no idea where they were or even what they were for.
The Government has spent at least £2million funding their installation at sports centres, GP surgeries, shopping malls and village halls.
But more than two-thirds are so poorly signed that bystanders have little or no chance of finding them in time.
Researchers at Southampton University and South Central Ambulance Service said: “The lack of signage was surprising.”
The Government has spent £2million to put defibrillators in public spaces but most are locked away or poorly signed[/caption]
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The defibrillators could save around 7,000 heart attack patients’ lives a year, it is estimated.
More than 30,000 people a year in the UK collapse with “out-of-hospital” cardiac arrests – often while at home, work or travelling.
Of these, fewer than 3,000 survive, often because heart-shock treatment is not attempted in time.
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