Public access defibrillators are there to be used for someone in cardiac arrest. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
The Parish Council have purchased a public access defibrillator which is located on the outside of the Memorial Hall, Churchill Close.
No formal training is necessary for using them. In the event of an emergency CALL 999, if you do not already know where the defibrillator is located, the ambulance service will direct you. The defibrillator itself is a fully mobile unit, which is kept inside a heated cabinet to ensure that it is kept in full working order. The 999 operator will give you the code to the cabinet. Remove the defibrillator from the cabinet. When the defibrillator is opened, full instructions are given.
Do not worry, it will not allow you to hurt the patient, but you may save a life!
For more information on Public Access Defibrillators please click on the British Heart Foundation link below: