PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR
The defibrillator is in the old telephone box outside the Village Hall, on Church Lane.
The cabinet is lit up at night, so that you can find it easily in the dark.
If someone isn’t breathing, call 999 and tell the operator that there is a public access defibrillator in the village. THE OPERATOR HAS THE CODE TO UNLOCK THE CABINET, you can’t access the defibrillator without this code!
Get someone to help you, one person should administer chest compressions whilst the other goes for the defibrillator. If there is only one of you, chest compressions are more important; Press down in the centre of the chest, twice a second to about 1/3 of the depth of the chest. Keep this up until paramedics tell you to stop!
To obtain the code to open the defibrillator safe, you must ring emergency services.
If you have trouble locating the defibrillator, emergency services have a village contact who will help you find it.
At the cabinet, put in the code you have been given and use the handle to open the door. Inside is an orange bag which contains the Defibrillator and pads, take them to the casualty.
- The unit delivers an electrical shock so make sure neither you or the casualty are touching water (puddles).
- Turn on the unit by pressing the green button, and follow it’s spoken instructions.
- Apply the pads as directed and the unit will decide whether or not a shock is necessary – you can’t shock someone unnecessarily.
- If the casualty’s heart is in fibrillation a shock will be administered – keep everyone clear of the casualty during the shock.
- If the unit decides not to deliver a shock, continue chest compressions anyway until the paramedics arrive and tell you to stop.