Whilst walking around my home town, I came across several Public Access Defibrillators. Taking a note of where these were, I had a google to see if there was an app or site which lists all those in my local community. Disappointingly, the premier web-site for locating PAD’s was not up to date. However, noting the advice given by the British Heart Foundation below, the 999 call-handler will inform the caller if a PAD is located nearby.
Below is the advice given by the British Heart Foundation if you come across someone who is breathing erratically, or not breathing at all …
The most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing around the body. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
If you’re on your own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. If it’s possible, send someone else to find one. When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there’s a public access defibrillator nearby.
Once the defibrillator is open and in position, all you have to do is follow the spoken instructions. Many defibrillators will also have diagrams or a screen to help you. The defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm, it won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed.
Often you’ll need to press the shock button although some fully automatic defibrillators will deliver the shock themselves. You should resume CPR as soon as instructed by the defibrillator.
Text credit: British Heart Foundation.