PUBLIC DEFIBRILLATOR or AED

 

Sited on The Green, Clophill - call 999 before attemting to access it!

 

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is specially designed for people with no medical background. 

When used it 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?

From    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Stroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

Introduction 

A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Signs and symptoms

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

  • Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
  • Arms  the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.
  • Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
  • Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

Read more about the symptoms of a stroke.

 

What is an AED?

http://www.communityheartbeat.org.uk/what-aed

 

The AED is sited in a vandal proof metal box, by the shop & post office on The Green, Clophill. The access code to the box will be given by the Ambulance Service Control room when a caller dials 999 and reports a possible cardiac arrest.