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What to do if you need a Defibrillator

Defibrillator information magnets made available for our community
Always call 999 Ambulance in an emergency - they will give you the cabinet code of the nearest Defibrillator, so you can get the machine if they decide in their talk with you that you need it. Defibrillators (also known as AEDs) are medical devices that help and support a rescue for a patient in Cardiac Arrest. They achieve this by applying a current of electricity across the heart to stop it, allowing it to reconfigure automatically. Defibrillators are not "Heart Re-starters" - any sign indicating this is wrong! Death from Cardiac Arrest if untreated is about 97% of cases. With the correct and rapid treatment, survival to hospital can, in theory, be raised to around the 70% mark, but this assumes rapid action, good CPR (Chest compressions) and also the timely use of a defibrillator. The heart degrades by around 20% per minute after a Cardiac Arrest, and so the faster help can be given the better the outcome. The process is known as the ‘Chain of Survival’ All CHT projects of which ours are part of the scheme are supported by Defib Shield anti-theft service and also post-rescue counselling. They are also supported by a range of add-on services suitable for the location. Typically, these include the VETS service, which is a Volunteer Emergency Telephone System helping communities address the lone rescuer and spread out communities. www.communityheartbeat.org.uk/tv/pull-through-nhs-defibrillator-awareness-film

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