This defibrillator has kindly been provided using funds raised by the Garnock Valley Men’s Shed, members of the local community and funding received from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.
The machine is available 24/7 and is registered with the ambulance service. A nominated guardian will be checking the defib on a regular basis to ensure it is always available.
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.
What is a Men’s Shed
A Men’s Shed is a place where men can meet to socialise and work together on a wide variety of projects and hobbies. Using our well-equipped workshop, men of all ages, backgrounds, and interests share their skills working shoulder-to-shoulder on personal and community projects. In the social area, you can relax with friends and have a laugh over a cup of tea or coffee.