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Sunningwell Village Defibrillator Reinstated – status LIVE
South Central Ambulance Service have advised that the Sunningwell Defibrillator has been reinstated following several weeks disruption caused by one or two irresponsible people believed to be local villagers. The Council will continue to monitor the situation and hopes very much that the criminal behaviour which led to the delisting of the defibrillator will not recur. More on this here.
In an emergency always call 999 first. The ambulance service will give you the access code.
Act in Time – Save a life!
People often confuse a heart attack and a cardiac arrest. A heart attack is a “circulation” problem and cardiac arrest is an “electrical” problem. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked; the patient usually stays conscious and breathing and survives. A cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly. The patient is unconscious and stops breathing. Only immediate CPR and a defibrillator can save them.
If the patient is not breathing and has no pulse: First call 999 and tell this to the ambulance service. But if you have someone with you, ask them to call 999 and also ask the ambulance service for the 5 digit access code for the Sunningwell or Boars Hill defibrillator. Send the helper to collect the defibrillator. Whether or not you have a helper, you MUST immediately start CPR (rapid chest compressions to mimic the heart).
To carry out chest compressions:
- Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.
- Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands, keep your elbows straight.
- Using your body weight (not just your arms), press straight down by 5 to 6cm (2 to 2.5 inches) on their chest.
- Keeping your hands on their chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its original position.
- Repeat these compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 times a minute until an ambulance (or the defibrillator) arrives or you become exhausted. [Do not stop to give breaths unless you are trained to do so].
See below for some short videos on how to do this.
The Sunningwell Defibrillator is easy to find in the old telephone kiosk near the village pond.
The Boars Hill Defibrillator is located in the yellow box by the main entrance porch of the Beaumont Care Home near the top of Bayworth Lane just off Foxcombe Road.
For either device, ask for the access code when you first call 999. Take the defibrillator and the plastic bag below it which contains scissors etc.
If you have a helper, whilst you give CPR, they will call 999 and ask for the access code and fetch the nearest defibrillator.
Here is a short video guide showing the same fully automatic defibrillator as used in our parish.
(Please note that giving breaths is no longer recommended unless you have been trained to do so.)
Watch the next video to see a real case in action and note how vigorous the compressions must be.