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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Defibrillator for Village

Plans are under way to install a defibrillator in the village centre.

The project has been led by Colin Holdsworth and Wendy Swann, and having identified the suitable equipment, activities are now under way to raise the necessary funds - and to identify and gain permission for a suitable site. To be of best use the centre of village is ideal, and finding a suitable location is underway.

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Milford on Sea Food Week have pledged an initial amount to kick the project off, and requests are being made to the Parish Council and Local County Councillors for financial support. If anyone know of any other organisations who may be willing to contribute, please let us know. (david@milfordonsea.org)

The briefcase-sized box on the wall will there for anyone to use on someone in cardiac arrest.

It is simple and safe and you don't need training to use one. Once the defibrillator is open, all you have to do is follow the spoken instructions. When in position, the defibrillator detects the heart's rhythm and it won't deliver a shock unless one is needed. 

It is a harsh fact that after a cardiac arrest every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone's chance of survival by 10 per cent.

It is aimed that our local ambulance trust will know about the defibrillator's location, then should anyone call 999, the operator can point the person in the right direction.

The British Heart Foundation advises that; "If you come across someone who is not breathing or breathing erratically, the most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR. If you're on your own, don't interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. When you can, send someone else to find one."
Hopefully we will be able to report good news on the installation soon.

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