The Shard becomes home to Europe’s highest defibrillator

Shard picVisitors to the top of Western Europe’s tallest building – The View from The Shard – are now benefiting from London Ambulance Service’s Shockingly Easy campaign, which is seeing more defibrillators placed in public places and businesses across London.

A defibrillator has been installed within The View at the top of the Shard, over 240m above the ground. The new defibrillator is part of London Ambulance Service’s Shockingly Easy campaign to get at least 1000 extra defibrillators in shops, businesses, gyms and high footfall areas across London.

Around 28 percent of people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest but, where there is a defibrillator and someone trained to use it, the chance of survival can increase to 80 percent. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, it is the first three or four minutes that are crucial – that is when they need to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR – chest compressions and rescue breaths) and defibrillation.

Mr Sandy Clark, Operations Director from The View from The Shard, said, “We are proud to be the home of Europe’s highest defibrillator, The View from The Shard welcomed one million guests within our first year, and we know that having this equipment and properly trained staff to use it could help us save a life in the future.

“We urge every business in London to get a defibrillator installed. If we can install one at one of the highest points in Europe, then anyone can do it!”