As some of you will be aware, the club purchased a defibrillator several months ago and is now attached to the wall in the entrance lobby of the clubhouse.
We have had several requests for more information about how to use the defibrillator. The key points are:
- The AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can be used on adults and children over one year of age
- Call 999 straight away if someone is unresponsive or not breathing normally
- Do NOT leave the individual to retrieve the AED – start CPR if you know how to administer this and get someone else to bring the AED to you
- The AED at MLTC will give audible instructions to guide you through use
- You will need to apply the AED pads as instructed onto bare skin, in the positions shown on the pads
- The AED analyses the heart rate and decides what, if any, shock to deliver to the patient – AFTER giving an audible warning to stand clear of the patient.
- You cannot do harm to the patient if you accurately follow the instructions given through the AED
- After delivering a shock the AED will tell you to continue CPR and it will re-analyse the heartbeat after two minutes. It may then deliver another shock and advise CPR to continue
- The device can talk you through how to deliver CPR if you need it to
- If the patient appears responsive at any time, place them in the recovery position and wait for the ambulance
Here is a video guide on how to use the type of defibrillator that we have in the clubhouse: