Well done to everyone who supported the defibrillator campaign at the Sawyers Arms in Nailsea. The defibrillator has now been installed and is registered with the ambulance service.

The defib at this site will be monitored by a guardian who will perform regular checks to ensure the machine stays active and available for the surrounding community. Anyone needing access to a defibrillator should always call 999 in the first instance and follow further instruction from the call handler.

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.