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. 

Contributors

 

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.

User guides

 

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:

Videos:

 

Documents:

 

Doctors' ABCD - emergency checklist

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