A defibrillator has been installed in Burston at the Greyhound Inn. The defibrillator is available 24/7 and is registered with the local ambulance service.
The money was raised by customers of the pub in memory of local gentleman and customer Mr George Wright. Mr Wright’s family also donated in his name and the defibrillator is located on the wall of the pub.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help increase the patient’s 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 a collapse, the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6% to 74%. Without immediate treatment 90%-95% of patients will die.
A huge well done to everyone involved, an amazing effort to protect your local community.