New AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
After over a year of fundraising, donations and a grant from the Parish Council it has finally arrived! A new Automatic External Defibrillator at the Village Hall. There are now 3 in the Village. At the following locations:
- The Rugby Club
- The Village Hall (can be used on children)
- The Old School House
The AED’s are easily accessible and visible and hopefully it will never be needed.
Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way. You don’t need training to use one. The machine gives clear spoken instructions – all you have to do is follow them – and it won’t shock someone unless they need it.
If you come across someone who is unconscious, unresponsive, not breathing or not breathing normally, they’re in cardiac arrest. The most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing to the brain and around the body. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
If you’re on your own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. If it’s possible, send someone else to find one. When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there’s a public access defibrillator nearby.
How to use a defibrillator
To use a defibrillator, follow these simple steps:
- Turn the defibrillator on by pressing the green button and follow its instructions.
- Peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the patient’s skin, one on each side of the chest, as shown in the picture on the defibrillator.
- Once the pads have been attached, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient. The defibrillator will then analyse the patient’s heart rhythm.
- The defibrillator will assess whether a shock is needed and if so, it will tell you to press the shock button. An automatic defibrillator will shock the patient without prompt. Do not touch the patient while they are being shocked.
- The defibrillator will tell you when the shock has been delivered and whether you need to continue CPR.
- Continue with chest compressions and rescue breaths until the patient shows signs of life or the defibrillator tells you to stop so it can analyse the heartbeat again.
Learn CPR with the BHF Heartstart courses
Heartstart courses teach you CPR and other emergency life saving skills. They are free to attend.
There are over 1,000 Heartstart schemes across the UK supported by the British Heart Foundation.
Visit the BHF Heartstart courses page to find out more.
Training for all
First Aid and CPR are useful skills for all people to have some knowledge about. The Village Hall Committee hope to arrange for some training in the near future for all residents of Stinchcombe. The AED still needs the operator to understand how to give CPR.
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