Defibrillator for Newstead

18th March 2020 - Rachel Richards

Well done to everyone who supported the defibrillator campaign at The Cuckoo Public House in Newstead. The defibrillator has now been installed and is registered with the ambulance service.

Ruth and Jim, managers at The Cuckoo said “We wanted to do something that would benefit the local community, we want to be a community pub for the local people and a defibrillator is the best way of helping protect the local residents and help bring them together.”

Special thanks go to Nigel Birch, Syd Birkin, Kev Sheldon and Noah Browning for their fundraising activities.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patients chances of survival;

Call 999
Commence CPR
Early Defibrillation
Early Advanced Life Support

Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.

A huge well done to everyone involved, an amazing effort to help protect your local community.

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