Defibrillator & CPR FREE Training at the Centre
Thanks to the British Heart Foundation we now have a defibrillator onsite in our foyer. Over the next 12 months we will be running training sessions at the Community Centre to ensure that people within our community know how to use the machine should they need it.
A high energy electric shock, given to the heart in some types of cardiac arrest, may restore a more stable rhythm. This is called defibrillation, and it's an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.
Public access defibrillators (PADs) can be found in public spaces like your local shopping cente, gym, train station or village hall. That briefcase-sized box on the wall contains a PAD. It is there for anyone to use on someone who is having a cardiac arrest.
Simple to use
They are simple and safe. The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You don't need to training to use one, however attending a training session is always beneficial especially as you will gain a refresher on CPR techniques. The sessions take 30 minutes and include DVD and use of the dummies.
Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart's rhythm. It won't deliver a shock unless one is needed.
Every Second Counts
After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone's chance of survival by 10%
How to use a defibrillator
Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don't all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way.
If you come across someone who is not breathing or breathing erratically, the most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR. If you're on your own, don't interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. Where you can, send someone else to find one. Once the defibrillator is open, all you have to do is follow the spoken instructions.
There's lots more information about obtaining and using defibrillatrors on the British Heart Foundation Website.