Life-saving defibrillator installed in Buntingford
31 January 2019
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has installed a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) in Buntingford as part of its commitment to communities in which the Charity has a shop. The device has been fitted to the outside of Seth Ward Community Centre in Luynes Rise, Buntingford. This is a short distance from the Charity’s shop in the High Street.
Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) are designed to be safely used by untrained members of the public. A defibrillator is a computerised medical device used when a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest. The defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, allowing it to pump again. The use of this, alongside cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), is crucial to the ‘chain of survival’.
Jill Jones, Town Clerk at Buntingford Town Council welcomed the installation: “The Town Council is pleased that this potentially life-saving piece of equipment is available to the people of Buntingford.”
The defibrillator will be maintained by EHAAT, with daily visual checks carried out by Staff and Volunteers. The Charity wants to recruit more volunteers for this task and would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help.
Aderyn Gillett, Trusts & Special Projects Officer at EHAAT said: “We are asking people to give around 10 minutes of their time to do the check one or two mornings during the week. The procedure is very straightforward and we will provide full training and support.”
The Charity hopes that the defibrillator will encourage bystanders to get involved if they encounter a case of cardiac arrest, and that it will provide the people of Buntingford with additional assistance before trained medical help arrives.
Stuart Elms, Clinical Director for EHAAT said: “Our Critical Care Teams treat many out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year. Care and treatment has advanced, but those receiving bystander CPR and early defibrillation have a better chance of survival. PADs are a recognised, safe method of initiating care in this group of patients, for whom time is critical.”
“Once 999 has been called, ensuring that further help is on the way, members of the public should not be afraid to use the equipment and start CPR. The defibrillator provides clear and audible instructions and will not deliver a shock if the patient does not need it.”
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the daily checks on the defibrillator should contact Aderyn Gillett on 0345 2417 690 or email [email protected]