Project Defibrillator

 

WHERE’S YOUR LOCAL DEFIBRILLATOR?

Thanks to some excellent collaborative work between the Sevenoaks Directory and some of our Committee Members and their contacts there is now a map available of where defibs can be found across the District.

defibrillator locations  Click the logo to see where the defibs are .  A page will come up which includes a map.  Click on the heart with the spark and see the details.

 

What Can You Do?     The most reasonable thing to do right  now is simply to know where the defibs are in your town so that if there is a problem you know where the nearest machine is. 

 

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REMEMBER;

In instances of cardiac arrest speed is of the essence. 

CPR and a defib gives the best chance of a healthy survival.

 

REMEMBER;

SDSAF are happy to offer informal sessions for awareness and demonstration sessions for CPR and defibrillation.  We can bring along our own resus dummy.

 

 

Since the first article on this campaign was posted on 26 April 2012, Geoff  Parsons and Steve Plater  have amassed quite a bit of information.  Keep an eye on this page for developments and don’t forget, if you’d like to help, let Geoff Parsons know via our Contact Us page.

REAL DEVELOPMENTS ON THE DEFIBRILLATOR FRONT!   

Sevenoaks District Seniors Action Forum (SDSAF) was awarded a £9350 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to buy defibrillators to be available 24/7 in public locations to help save victims of cardiac arrest.

The Forum’s project supports SE Coast Ambulance Service’s goal of getting more such ‘publicly accessible defibrillators’ (PADs) in the community. A defibrillator, like the one shown on the left, delivers an electric shock designed to get the victim’s heart back into proper rhythm, as in the case of footballer Fabrice Muamba. Every year in the UKsome 60,000 people suffer cardiac arrest away from a hospital – but only 7% survive. Early use of a defibrillator can raise that to 70%. So these life saving devices need to be widely available: they ought to be as common as fire extinguishers.

The device (about 10 inches x 8 x 4) is automated and talks you through what to do, rather like a car satnav, so no formal training is required and anyone can use it.

Together with a £500 KCC Member’s Grant from Cllr John London, the Lottery award enables the Seniors Action Forum to buy 6 defibrillators to deploy across the District. We hope they will catalyse local interest in raising funds for more PADs in towns, villages, schools, sports clubs etc. The funding also covers a series of awareness raising events.

An example of a defibrillator.  

The proposed locations for the 6 PADs are: Sevenoaks town, Swanley, Edenbridge, Hartley, Ash cum Ridley, and Kemsing. We need community groups there to partner with us to identify exactly where to place the defibs, and keep an eye on them once installed.

Contact SDSAF Vice-Chairman Steve Plater on 01732 450 400 for more info.

 SDSAF congratulates Steve Plater and Geoff Parsons for the work they have been doing behind the scenes to help increase the number of defibrillators in the District.  Well done both.  Steve has obviously become quite expert at filling in grant forms!  Would anyone like to help develop the defib project?

 

HOW SIMPLE IT CAN BE TO HELP SAVE LIVES

It can be as easy as putting up a notice in your local – in this case, The Woodman in Otford.

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GEOFF’S FIRST DEFIB ARTICLE

You may already understand what all this is about but on behalf of those, like me, who do not, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a device which may be used in the resuscitation of cardiac arrest victims at the scene.  An AED available 24/7 is a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD). The faster we have treatment the better are our chances: this project wants PADs, and people trained to use them, available in every community.

SDSAF is backing this project.  Our research is revealing where AEDs currently are in Sevenoaks District but we know less about PADs.  Imagine a trained nurse who could help someone who has had a cardiac arrest in the street.  You don’t know where the nearest AED is (you don’t need to be a trained nurse to use an AED). This project wants to correct that with teams of volunteers and publically accessible AEDs in every community.  It could take years to do this but a good start now will help.  As with other SDSAF campaigns, we will be happily help local teams to get their local project off the ground.  SDSAF needs to;

1         Increase the size of our team of volunteers to publicise Project Defibrillator

2         Contact local residents and organisations to give them details of the Project

3         Research how the Project will run in a village or town

4         Publish information leaflets on aspects of the scheme

5         Help establish and support the first local teams in villages and towns

6         Identify needs and create a network of partners to assist with the Project.

At this stage, we need your help as a volunteer – to take on one or more of many tasks as a member of a local team or more widely.  Would you like to help?  And would you like us to help you with your plan?  You don’t have to do it all on your own, we can help you.

Some organisations may prefer to have an AED in a community hall which they occasionally use, not quite a PAD but it still affords the assurance of protection to the building’s users.  Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) should be available 24/7.

For more details, or to offer your help with Project Defibrillator, please contact Geoff Parsons or Roger Bryan using the Contacts page.

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