Our Defibrillator is now live and working and although it is there to save lives, we hope it will never be needed.
It is located at the rear entrance to the Village Hall and is the big yellow box on the wall as seen in the picture on the right.
We arranged two training days which were Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th September at the Village Hall which were well attended. If anyone feels that they want to have training please let us know using the Contact Form and we will do our best to arrange it.
How to use the defibrillator
The Defibrillator is very easy to use and if you haven’t had training on how to use it, don’t let that put you off if a life is at risk. The machine gives clear spoken instructions – all you have to do is follow them – and it won’t shock someone unless they need it.
A guide as to when to use 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 where the difibrillator is and what to do.
To use the defibrillator, follow these simple steps:
- Step 1: Turn the defibrillator on by pressing the green button and follow its instructions.
- Step 2: 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.
- Step 3: Once the pads have been attached, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient. The defibrillator will then analyse the patient’s heart rhythm.
- Step 4: 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.
- Step 5: The defibrillator will tell you when the shock has been delivered and whether you need to continue CPR.
- Step 6: 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.