Broadhembury Parish Council was awarded some grant money to allow the purchase of two defibrillator units (AED’s).
The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is specially designed for people with no medical background to use.
UK Resuscitation Council guidelines indicate that community defibrillators (AED’s), should be able to be used by members of the public with or without formal training. This is because the equipment is very easy to use. When you call 999, the ambulance service operator will stay on the telephone to talk to you and tell you what to do. You cannot make a mistake when using the defibrillator – just follow the instructions being given.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) when used, provides voice commands and screen messages and guides the user step-by-step through the process and will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm.
What is a Stroke and how would I know?
If someone collapses with a suspected cardiac arrest near you, then speed of response is paramount.
In an Emergency
FIRST Ring 999 Without Delay
The quicker professional help comes, the higher the chance of survival.
The Ambulance Service will stay on the phone and talk you through what you need to do.
Then, if you, or someone near you is able:
Ring the Broadhembury Emergency Telephone Number – 01404 565 999
The Community Heartbeat Trust who helped the Parish Council with this project, have setup a special Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) Number for Broadhembury Parish:
01404 565999 This number will automatically alert a list of volunteers within the parish who are trained to use the defibrillator and also to provide first aid assistance if they are able.
Download the Defibrillator information leaflet below