Why are AED’s important?

When a cardiac arrest occurs (when the patient's heart stops beating correctly and they stop breathing) every second counts. For every minute that goes by the chance of survival reduces by as much as 10 to 14%. But with fast and effective CPR and defibrillation the chances of survival increase hugely, to as much as 85%.

Automated external defibrillators (AED’s) are easy to use, compact, portable and very effective. They are designed to be used by lay persons and guide the operator through the process by verbal instructions and visual prompts. They are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the heart's rhythm requires it. They are designed to be stored for long periods without use and require very little routine maintenance. You will now see AEDs in many public places such as shopping centres, leisure centres, airports and train stations and now also more and more in towns, villages and communities across the country.

Ashleworth Village now has an AED which is stored outside the Post Office in an alarmed green circular cabinet.  The AED is easily accessed by removing the cabinet cover and provides simple step-by-step audio instructions for its use. You should also call 999 where the operator will also be able to provide assistance.

The AED has been bought with funding from Ashleworth Parish Council and The British Heart Foundation. There is a product information training DVD available to borrow, from the Parish Clerk for anyone wishing to see how it works. Nicky Hill ashleworthpc@gmail.com or Tel: 01452 781028

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