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Defibrillator (AED)

A publicly accessible defibrillator known as an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) has been mounted at the front of the Hall on a side wall.  It has been provided by the Belvoir Lions through the Parish Council.  There is an electronic keypad to provide access to the equipment.

To use the defibrillator in the case of a heart attack:
  • Ring 999 - they will know that there is a publicly accessible defibrillator (AED) in the village and tell you the access code.
  • Apply CPR  while someone else fetches the AED 
  • Follow the instructions with the AED to resuscitate the heart beat.

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmiasventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a device called a defibrillator. This depolarizes a critical mass of the heart muscle, terminates the dysrhythmia, and allows normal sinus rhythm to be reestablished by the body's natural pacemaker, in the sinoatrial node of the heart. Defibrillators can be external, transvenous, or implanted, depending on the type of device used or needed. Some external units, known as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), automate the diagnosis of treatable rhythms, meaning that lay responders or bystanders are able to use them successfully with little, or in some cases no training at all. (Wikepedia)

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) is a means of ensuring blood flows to the brain and other organs if the heart has stopped beating or is very irregular.
  • Lay the patient on on his/her back as flat as possible
  • Tilt the patient's head back and check for breathing
  • If there is no, or very abnormal, breathing place heel of one hand between the nipples of the chest and place your other hand on top
  • Keeping your arms as rigid as possible press down firmly and release at a rate of 100 times per minute until the patient starts to breathe normally or the defibrillator or medics arrive.   Quickly check for breathing after each 30 compressions.