IN THE EVENT OF CARDIAC ARREST (HEART ATTACK)

DEFIBRILLATOR

Thanks to the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund, Barr village now has an automated external defibrillator (AED).  Please read this as lives may depend on it.

It is located on the outside wall of the village hall at the back between the fire door and the bowling club.

It is essential that residents and children understand that the defibrillator is not to be interfered with except in an emergency.

You do not need training to use a defibrillator.  They are designed to be used by people with no experience and are fully automated. The machine tells you what to do.

St John’s Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation both confirm that they are designed to be used by anybody, and that no training is needed:

Defibrillators are very easy to use. The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You don’t need training to use one.” (BHF website).

You can use an AED with no training. The machine analyses someone’s heart rhythm and then uses visual or voice prompts to guide you through each step.” (St John’s Ambulance website).

Legal liability is not an issue. “A volunteer responder (not acting as a part of one’s occupation) cannot be held civilly liable for the harm or death of a victim by providing improper or inadequate care, given that the harm or death was not intentional and the responder was acting within the limits of their training and in good faith.” (Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Act 2015).

Anyway this is unlikely to happen as there is no danger of mis-diagnosis. You cannot harm somebody by using a defibrillator when they have not had a cardiac arrest (Gavin Perkins, Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Warwick University).

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