Defibrillator - what to do in an emergency
We will be arranging a training session on how to use the defibrillator in the New Year, watch the website and notices for a further update. In the meantime please see the instructions below provided by Community Heartbeat on what to do in an emergency.
1. A 999 call MUST first be undertaken whilst with the patient, DO NOT go to the defibrillator machine first. DO NOT call 111
2. Always ask for AMBULANCE as they know the location of working defibrillators
3. Once a 999 call is received by the Ambulance operators they will ask two questions - is the patient breathing? Is the patient conscious?
4. The operator will then assess the patient's condition and automatically despatch an ambulance to the address of the caller
5. The operator MAY ask if there is a defibrillator nearby, NOTE the operator may say a specific machine is not visible to them because it is flagged as 'out of use' or 'not available'. Ours is located on the west side of the village hall adjacent to the entrance to the pub car park
6. Operator will then tell the caller how to undertake CPR - this is a requirement within 60 seconds of the call
7. If it is determined a defibrillator is required the operator will advise where the nearest active one is - not necessarily the nearest - and advise the activation code.
8. Ensure a second person is available to go to the defibrillator. Once the defibrillator kit is opened a speaker will talk you through what to do
9. If the caller is on their own with the patient you will not be sent to the defibrillator, you should stay and continue CPR
10. The defibrillator must be returned to the box and the box closed after use
Click here for a leaflet giving further information from The Community Heartbeat Trust
For details of the Community Action Group supporting each other in Chilton Foliat in the event of self-isolation. Click here.