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AED Automatic External Defibrillator

There are 2 AEDs close to Down Hatherley...

AED number 1
Located at the entrance to Down Hatherley Manor Hotel - depending on the time of day, there may be some trained hotel staff on site to help you.
kindly donated by DH resident, Mr. Peter Stubbs
AED number 2
Located on the north wall of Norton Village Hall - you will need to dial 999 and ask for the access code to release it. This may be the closest AED for some residents in the north-west of Down Hatherley parish.

More information is available at the Resuscitation Council (UK) (here)
This covers all levels of expertise from untrained to medical professional.

Everyone ought to go on a training course.

Training on the use of a defibrillator can be arranged,

if enough parishioners (about 20) get together to make it happen.

The training nominally lasts for about 1 hour 45 minutes.

Our parish clerk can arrange this.

Things, that I learnt on the course, that I did not know beforehand...

TAKING CONTROL OF THE SITUATION

Is this an 'OH MY GOD' positive situation? Someone in desperate need of help - no doubt at all - check time on watch.

If you are by yourself, SHOUT OUT LOUD for assistance.

If you are in a crowd, do not wait for someone to take control - take control yourself, point at ONE able person and give that person ONE clear instruction (eg dial 999, fetch AED, help you place patient in recovery position, standby to take over CPR, switch on a nearby car hazard warning lights to alert ambulance) - repeat new instructions as necessary.

Giving CPR by mouth is much easier using a mask with a non-return valve - these are cheap (quality ones less than £10) to buy - you should consider having one in your car.

The 999 operator will always try to keep you talking and waste time - say you know how to give CPR and pass the phone to someone else to relay information. Speak out loud whilst performing initial checks on patient.

Degrees of consciousness - alert - awake but confused - making eye contact - responds to voice (ask patient to stick their tongue out) - responds to pain (tap collar bone with knuckles - it hurts) - totally unresponsive. The 999 operator will ask for this information.

Problems from lack of oxygen - agitation - unconsciousness - breathing slow - breathing stops - hearbeat slows - heart stops. At the scene of a car accident, if possible, stop any obvious heavy blood loss.

ABOUT THE AED

1. The AED is only for a cardiac arrest - the heart is beating arhythmically - a cardiac arrest is a heart attack.

2. The AED is no use for a coronary heart attack, where a blockage has caused the heart muscle to be starved of oxygen.

3. The AED is no use for treating strokes.

4. Defibrillation actually stops the heart - its does not shock the person back to life like Frankenstein - the patients own body restarts the sinusoidal heartbeats.

5. The AED can be used on someone with a pacemaker - the pad must be at least one handwidth from the pacemaker.

6. An obviously pregnant women should have her bump moved sideways (put something under one hip) - this stops the weight of the baby compressing the main artery to the legs.

7. The AED pads are for patients 8 years and older - pediatric pads are used with under 8 year olds - there will not be any in the AED box. If desperate and only adult pads are available, in the case of a child, place pads front and back of the patient. Adult pads cannot be used on a baby.

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