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Hednesford Town Council installs life-saving defibrillator
2nd September 2015
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The life-saving equipment – used when someone has a cardiac arrest – is now on-hand at Pye Green Community Centre. It has been provided as councillors were concerned by reports of potentially preventable deaths.   

It has been provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service and its installation and upkeep has been funded by the council, at a cost of around £1,500.

A defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart's rhythm. It won't deliver a shock unless one is needed.

Anyone can use the defibrillator and no specialist training is needed. Users should call 999 to access a code to start its use – and will be talked through what to do by the defibrillator itself.

Council chairman, Cllr Alan Pearson said: “Prompt action with a defibrillator can much improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage may occur. 

“Following a heart attack, someone’s chance of survival decreases by 23% every minute. That’s why it’s really important medical treatment can begin as soon as possible. We’re pleased to have the peace of mind that our defibrillator is now in place and ready to help if needs be.”

When a location has a briefcase-sized box containing such equipment for anyone to use, this is known as a PAD – Public Access Defibrillator.

According to the British Heart Foundation, defibrillators are simple and safe to use, with the machine providing clearly spoken instructions and you don’t need training to use one.

Issued by Linda Aitchison at the Marketing Room (01543 468621) on behalf of Hednesford Town Council.

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