CORTON DENHAM COMMUNITY DEFIBRILLATOR
Our defibrillator is located in the village telephone box (see map below) and housed inside a circular yellow cabinet which is unlocked and can be opened by turning the cover in the direction indicated. The defibrillator can be used to deal with a sudden cardiac arrest by anyone within our community and the public at large.
A defibrillator is a computerised medical device that delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage occurs. Our defibrillator is especially designed to be used by people with little or no medical background.
The UK Resuscitation Council guidelines indicate that community defibrillators should be able to be used by members of the public with or without any formal training. So our defibrillator is very easy to use and will guide you step by step on exactly what to do and when through a combination of voice and pictorial commands. This modern technology allows any of us to do our best to assist anyone experiencing a medical emergency.
VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM (VETS): PHONE 01963 602101
Within Corton Denham a team of volunteers has been set up to provide assistance in a medical emergency e.g. by fetching and using the defibrillator or assisting with CPR. IN ANY EMERGENCY DIAL 999 FIRST to summon professional help. After that, especially if you are a lone rescuer, you can request assistance from the VETS team by telephoning 01963 602101.
When a volunteer answers tell them who you are, where you are, and they will come to your aid. In the unlikely event that no volunteer is available, be assured that, having already rung 999, the ambulance is on its way. Continue CPR until help or the ambulance arrives. Please enter the VETS phone number in your land-line and mobile phone contacts lists.
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY?
A guide on how to deal with an emergency is shown below.
Please contact one of the organising group:
Charles Sime 01963 220924
Julia Bunker 01963 220515
Dom Goggs 01963 220817
Robin Odgers 01963 220205
A YouTube video link has been supplied by the Community Heartbeat Trust which gives comprehensive information and instructions on the use of defibrillators and we recommend this to anyone who would like to be updated with the latest advice: