A defibrillator has been installed at St Mary’s Club, Walsall Road, Cannock. This was made possible after a member of the congregation at St. Mary & St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church made a donation in memory of her mother and sister. The defibrillator is available 24/7 and is there to benefit the whole community.
The site has been registered with the ambulance service and anyone needed emergency access should call 999 and take instruction from the ambulance service.
Members of the community have also attended a training session covering the basics of CPR and defibrillation.
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 patient 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.
Thank you to everyone involved.