There are two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in Welford housed in secure, weatherproof, heated cabinets on the exterior walls of –
- The Memorial Hall
- The Bell Inn car park
Using Defibrillators (AEDs)
For further first aid information on use of Defibrilllators please click on the following St Johns Ambulance website link http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice/first-aid-techniques/using-a–defibrillator-aed.aspx
There have been some concerns about how to use Welford’s two AED’s in an emergency. Here is some background information and the procedure to be used. Knowledge of how to administer CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is very important too and residents who are unfamiliar with the techniques involved are strongly recommended to receive training locally.
Without immediate defibrillation and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) when cardiac arrest occurs, the chances of survival are less than 5%. With an AED being used on a patient, combined with effective CPR, the odds of survival can be increased significantly. PADs (Public Access Defibrillators) provide 24 hour access so that emergency life-saving equipment is available to everyone whenever it is needed.
In the case of an emergency/cardiac arrest in the home or elsewhere Start Immediate CPR and request someone else to call 999 to obtain the Access Code for the nearest cabinet so that the defibrillator can be taken and used on the patient. Meanwhile Emergency Services are dispatched to the scene. Do not stop CPR until the defibrillator is on scene and ready to use.
Having people trained to use an AED is an advantage, but not essential. AEDs are designed to be used by members of the public, and are very effective at guiding the operator through the process of administering the shock. They have become widely available, are safe and easy to use, and will not allow a shock to be given to a victim who does not require one. AEDs have been used frequently by ordinary people with modest training, and many reports testify to the success of this strategy. Operators without formal training have also used AEDs successfully to save lives. However CPR training is essential.
Information supplied by Councillor Mike Brain