Brooklands House Install

It was great to attend the launch of the Brooklands House defibrillator in Stafford. The residents decided to work together to fundraise for a defibrillator to be placed in the communal facilities. Fundraising and generous donations from other residents enabled the campaign to be completed and installed in less than 3 months. At the official defibrillator launch, everyone enjoyed tea, cakes, and a sing-along with their very own song about defibrillators.

We have a little snippet of the song and we think it’s brilliant

‘Old age is creeping to one and to all

Now there’s a new box in place on the wall

If the heart stops beating and blood goes slow

The box will help us and keep us a glow’

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 public access defibrillator enables the community to start work whilst the ambulance is on the way. The first 3-5 minutes in a cardiac arrest situation can be life-changing and a four stepped approach is key to improving the outcome for the patient.

The Chain of Survival is as follows

Early 999 call

Early CPR

Early Defibrillation

Early Advanced Life Support

Providing an essential and potentially life-saving stage in the treatment of anyone suffering a Cardiac Arrest, defibrillators are easy to operate with step-by-step instructions for members of the community to use in an emergency.

Jamie Richards, Chief Executive of AEDdonate; who supplied the AED said “It’s great to see another community recognising the importance of the machines, the chance of survival after sudden cardiac arrest decreases minute by minute, but if someone is shocked with a Defibrillator within 2-3 minutes their chance of survival increases by 70%

A huge well done to everyone involved, its clear to see the fantastic community spirit at Brooklands house and it was a pleasure to help you in your mission.

If you’re thinking about getting a defibrillator for your community get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.