Villagers save for defibrillator heart machine
Posted: June 23, 2014
Posted in: Personal Injury
After a member of the Lenham Social Club recently died at an event, the club has decided to raise funds for a public defibrillator. The machine is used to treat cardiac arrests and will be free to be used by anyone in the village. The machine costs around £1,300 to purchase, and £1,000 of this has already been raised.
Medical training company, Medi-1, is going to host an event to show as many people as possible how to operate the machine. They said that they would also make up any fundraising shortfall to ensure that they could definitely buy the equipment.
Every minute without defibrillation reduces survival chances by 10%
Defibrillators are used to deliver an electric shock into the sufferer’s chest, restoring the normal rhythm of the person’s heart during cardiac arrest. When an individual goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%.
The defibrillator will be installed in the centre of the village and callers to the emergency services will be given a code to access the equipment, which will be kept in an alarmed casing.
Director of Medi-1 Paul Stanbridge, said: “We are raising awareness so people won’t be scared of using the equipment.” He said that the equipment is very easy to use and is one of the first of its kind in the area.
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