Defibrillator & Resuscitation

Located in the old red telephone box in the centre of the village EX14 9BP see map

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

This is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. AEDs are simple to use for the layman, they are fully automated and give you spoken instructions.

Life expectancy following a Cardiac Arrest

The chance of survival decreases by 23% per minute. It is therefore very important medical treatment starts as soon as possible. The UK Resuscitation Council suggests an AED should be available wherever medical treatment, i.e. an ambulance or ambulance car with trained personnel and the ability to administer medication, is more than 5 minutes away.
The use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, first responder and basic life support (BLS) level Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes.

What to do if someone collapses

If you witness someone experiencing chest pain, sometimes going to the left arm, or upper abdominal pain, followed by collapse into unconsciousness, try to do the following:

D DANGER Ensure the scene is SAFE
R RESPONSE Check response by TALK & TOUCH
S SHOUT SHOUT for help
A AIRWAY Ensure the airway is OPEN & CLEAR
B BREATHING LOOK, LISTEN & FEEL for normal breathing
C COMPRESSIONS If not breathing normally start compressions
D DEFIBRILLATION Get someone to fetch a Defibrillator

Having rung 999, the Ambulance Service will give you the code to open the yellow AED cabinet in the old red telephone box in the centre of the village at the top of Church Path. Send someone to collect this with the volunteer pack also in the cabinet whilst CPR is continued.

Open the AED device and follow the spoken instructions.
Always call 999 prior to using the AED and you will be covered for insurance purposes. A volunteer responder (not acting as a part of one's occupation) cannot be held civilly liable for the harm or death of a victim by providing improper or inadequate care, given that the harm or death was not intentional and the responder was acting within the limits of their training and in good faith. AEDs create little liability if used correctly. No one will criticise you for trying to save a life! The AED will not function unless it determines there is a need, so don’t worry about using one!

Charles Holme Oct 2014