Defibrillator called into action
Chelford Together was informed by Knutsford First Responders that the defibrillator sited at Jones Deli, Egerton Arms was removed for an emergency in Snelson. The ambulance service informs anyone contacting them the location of the nearest defibrillator if they think it may be needed to go and get it and return to the emergency site.
This happened to the one at Jones Deli. Thankfully in this case the defibrillator was not used and Chelford Together checked that the machine was back in place and in good working order.
This really demonstrates the great importance of having external unlocked defibrillators in our community.
Many thanks for everyone's contribution to making this happen in Chelford, which has 3 external defibrillators sited outside:
An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a device that gives the heart an electric shock when someone's heart has stopped (cardiac arrest)
You can use an AED on children over one year old and adults.
Ambulances have them on board, but using an AED in the minutes before an ambulance arrives can double someone's chances of survival. So it is up to bystanders quickly to find the nearest defibrillator.
Where can I find a defibrillator (AED)?
Many public places keep an AED as part of their first aid equipment, including shopping centres, train stations, airports, offices and schools. AEDs come in a small portable plastic box and are stored in noticeable green casing with a green sign above.
If you don't have access to an AED then you should call 999 or 112 for help and do ordinary resuscitation (CPR) until the ambulance and AED arrives.
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