We have been working collaboratively with Community Spirit Group and are excited to confirm that we now have four new defibrillator cabinets to be installed in Westgate for the community. There will be one sited with a new defibrillator at the Community Centre on Lymington Road; the second will be sited on the St Mildreds Bay, St Mildreds Gardens; the third will be sited at the Fish Inn on Cambourne Avenue and the fourth will be sited at the train station in town.
There will be details soon about defibrillator training for the community, we hope you will be able to join us and this is all thanks to the community support and spirit of Westgate on Sea!
How to use a defibrillator
Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way.
You don't need training to use one. The machine gives clear spoken instructions – all you have to do is follow them - and it won’t shock someone unless they need it.
If you come across someone who is unconscious, unresponsive, not breathing or not breathing normally, they’re in cardiac arrest. The most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing to the brain and 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.
To use a defibrillator, follow these simple steps:
- Step 1: Turn the defibrillator on by pressing the green button and follow its instructions.
- Step 2: Peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the patient’s skin, one on each side of the chest, as shown in the picture on the defibrillator.
- Step 3: Once the pads have been attached, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient. The defibrillator will then analyse the patient’s heart rhythm.
- Step 4: The defibrillator will assess whether a shock is needed and if so, it will tell you to press the shock button. An automatic defibrillator will shock the patient without prompt. Do not touch the patient while they are being shocked.
- Step 5: The defibrillator will tell you when the shock has been delivered and whether you need to continue CPR.
- Step 6: Continue with chest compressions and rescue breaths until the patient shows signs of life or the defibrillator tells you to stop so it can analyse the heartbeat again.