INSTALLATION OF PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR
REASONS FOR INSTALLING A PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IN THE EVENT OF A SUSPECTED CARDIAC ARREST?
The Chain of Survival describes four key, inter-related steps, which if delivered effectively and in sequence, optimise survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
If untreated, cardiac arrest occurs in a quarter to a third of patients with myocardial ischaemia (heart attack) within the first hour after onset of chest pain.
Once cardiac arrest has occurred, early recognition is critical to enable rapid activation of the ambulance service and prompt initiation of bystander CPR.
The immediate initiation of bystander CPR can double or quadruple survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Despite this compelling evidence, only 40% of victims receive bystander CPR in the UK.
Defibrillation within 3 – 5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50 – 70%. This can be achieved through public access defibrillation, when a bystander uses a nearby AED to deliver the first shock. Each minute of delay to defibrillation reduces the probability of survival to hospital discharge by 10%. In the UK, fewer than 2% of victims have an AED deployed before the ambulance arrives.
Advanced life support with airway management, drugs and the correction of causal factors may be needed if initial attempts at resuscitation are unsuccessful. This and other post resuscitation care will be undertaken by the Ambulance Service and hospital cardiac specialists.
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT AND USE OF DEFIBRILLATOR
Basic life support is designed to keep oxygenated blood circulating to vital organs in the body. It relies on simple measure without the need to use complicated equipment. If you come across a person who has collapsed call for help immediately, or get someone else to do it for you. Tell them to come back to tell you that it is done. If there is a defibrillator on site, get someone to fetch it as soon as possible, or if alone fetch it yourself.
The pneumonic to help you is DRSABC.
Press Release on Installation of Defibrillator
A new AED Public Access Defibrillator has been installed in the village thanks to the efforts of the local Bowls Club.
Shepshed Town Bowls Club has raised the monies for the vital life-saving equipment which is mounted on the outside wall of their Clubhouse in Charnwood Road, opposite Asda.
It also gained funding for the project from Shepshed Lions, Shepshed Rotary Club and local charity The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) which kindly provided the external defibrillator cabinet so that the unit could be installed in the location that will be public-accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In the event of a cardiac emergency, anyone can call 999 and ask the EMAS call handlers to help them access the defibrillator. They will be given the location of the defibrillator and the call handler will talk the person through the process which the defibrillator also does.
To help Club Members familiarise themselves with the equipment, training has also been provided in both CPR and the Defibrillator operation. Training was kindly provided by Shepshed Lions First Responders and saw 12 Club Members trained with further sessions planned for 2018.
John Carrington, Men’s Secretary at the Bowls Club, said: “Our sport tends to attract the more mature participants and we were concerned to discover that the nearest defibrillator to us was almost 500 metres away. So, in April of this year, we decided to raise money for our own defibrillator, which we wanted to be accessible to the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We agreed that the unit would be installed on the outside of our clubhouse and it’s great to have it now in place and operational. We’re very grateful to all of the charities and community organisations that have supported us in getting our members trained and getting this vital piece of equipment in place where it can benefit the whole community.”
Charles Poole from JHMT, who helped organise the supply and delivery of the external cabinet said: “This is another example of local people getting together, identifying an urgent need for life-saving equipment in their community and working in partnership to make easy access to defibrillators a reality. We congratulate Shepshed Town Bowls Club on their fantastic efforts to raise funds for this project and we’re delighted to provide the cabinet so that, if someone has a cardiac arrest in the area, the emergency 999 call to East Midlands Ambulance Service will give those on hand swift access to the defibrillator.”
Once again, many thanks to Shepshed Lions, Shepshed Rotary Club, The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) and members and friends of Shepshed Town Bowls Club.