Sutton now has its own defibrillator
Sutton Parish Council has purchased and installed an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at Sutton Village Hall (February 2021). This is a portable device that uses intelligent technology to restore heart rhythm to anyone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. It is installed in a yellow cabinet on the front outside wall to the right of the main entrance.
According to The Community Heartbeat Trust, a national charity focused on the provision of life-saving defibrillation equipment to local communities, survival rate using CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) alone is 5%. By using a defibrillator, this increases to 50%.
The UK Resuscitation Council state that for every minute that passes, the chances of survival decrease by more than 20%. So if you are more than 5 minutes away from medical help, then local initiatives such as this are essential.
Please share this information with neighbours, friends and family to increase awareness that the defibrillator is freely available for anyone to use in case of emergency.
The model purchased is the Zoll AED 3 semi- automatic and will be maintained by Sutton Parish Council. If you have any queries, do please contact us.
The purchase of the defibrillator was made possible thanks to donations from:
Central Beds Council Ward Councillor Grant Scheme
Sutton Village Hall
Sutton Womens Institute
Sutton Packhorse Players
John and Pippa Ream
Catherine and Chris Brown
Andrew and Angie Tether
How to use the defibrillator
The defibrillator can be used by anyone in an emergency. No medical background or training is required. Always call 999 first for help. They will give you the code to release the defibrillator which will then guide you through each step using voice commands and visual messages on the screen.
It is safe to use the defibrillator as it will perform checks to determine whether a shock is needed or not. It can also guide you in doing CPR.
The following guides show how to use the defibrillator, some more detailed than others, but be assured that the defibrillator itself will give you all the instructions you need.
Tip: if you are limited for time, the first video in this list covers all the basics: