Do you know we have a defibrillator at the club?
It appears many members do not!
It is in a yellow cabinet in the clubhouse corridor
It has a clear instructions sheet attached to it
It is used when there is a cardiac arrest.
How to recognise a cardiac arrest
- Person collapses without symptoms or warning signs.
- They are unconscious and not breathing.
What to do
- CALL 999-to get the ambulance on its way-THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO. Call for help.
- START CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the chest compressions are more vital than breaths)
- SEND SOMEONE TO GET THE DEFIBRILLATOR
- OPEN THE DEFIBRILLATOR CASE AND FOLLOW THE VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS WHILE SOMEONE ELSE CARRIES ON WITH CPR
Defibrillators are now designed to be used by ANYONE even without medical training. They can be used on ANYONE (even if you have a pacemaker or underlying heart condition, child or adult and in any weather condition)
They instruct you what to do at every stage and will only deliver a shock if one is needed -it is not your responsibility to decide.
You can NEVER do more harm than good- the person will die within minutes without intervention in cardiac arrest.
When someone is having a heart attack, they are conscious and typically complaining of chest pain. A heart attack can deteriorate into a cardiac arrest so after calling 999 the defibrillator should be brought to the person in case they collapse unconscious.
Here is a good training video about our defibrillator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkcD3Mv9oAU-
A further video that goes into more detail is here https://youtu.be/ROEyvmZDStI