Village Defibrillator

Yesterday evenings defibrillator training event was a great success and extremely well attended, 35 people came!

It took the form of a workshop and involved all those present

First responders for area explained various techniques associated with the Defibrilator and its use.

Residents were able to question and be assured of the efficacy of the device.

Access to the equipment fully explained and any fears about using it allayed

David Reed, First Responder Coordinator for Whittington area, gave a Humorous presentation. (As he did at a Parish Council Meeting last year, which assisted the PC in coming to the decision to acquire the device).

There are vacancies for First Responders in our area. Anyone interested to get in touch with me

Very best regards

Colin Hall
Chairman Whittington Parish Council

3 thoughts on “Village Defibrillator”

  1. In July 2000, at 10:00pm in the evening, Maureen found me dead on the kitchen floor. She knew I was dead because, firstly, I was blue and, secondly, I wasn’t puffing the cigarette which was in my right hand.

    Being the skilled first aider that she is (was) she immediately put down her cup of coffee and dashed next door to summon Sandy and Samer Nashef, our next-door neighbours.

    By chance, Sandy was a Practitioner in our local GP’s surgery and an Occupational Health Practitioner for Marks & Spencer. Samer was a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Papworth Hospital.
    By the simple expedient of subjecting my inert carcass to CPR, they managed to keep the blood circulating in my body until the ambulance arrived with a defibrillator.

    You may ask – “What was the result?” – In fact, the result was that when the ambulance took me away I was alive, but had nine broken ribs.

    Sandy & Samer saved my life. They were, in particular, responsible for ensuring that I did not lose any mental capacity (as far as anyone knows) because of the reduction of blood/oxygen flow to my brain during the time my heart stopped pumping.
    This all happened on a Tuesday. By Thursday of the following week, I had an Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator installed in my chest cavity and was back at work.

    Sandy and Samer are particular experts in their fields of medicine. Neither of them had ever been called upon to bring someone like me back from the dead. Later on, it transpired that only one other Surgeon at Papworth hospital had ever had a similar experience. In his case, with a father that died whilst sat on the toilet!

    The reason I mention this is to remind everyone that CPR keeps blood circulating through the brain and helps to retain mental capacity.

    Our, newly acquired Defibrillator has the task of getting the heart to restart or return to a proper rhythm.

    By that time the Emergency Services will have arrived to take control of events. – You will have given them a flying start.

    PS. When I was whisked off to the hospital in the ambulance, Maureen, Sandy and Samer repaired next door and consumed gin & tonics until such time as Samer considered he could pull his “Consultant Cardiologist” ticket and get Maureen through to my bed, which he did.

  2. Well done to the PCC for organising this event. I think the number of residents attending shows the interest.

    A monthly meeting on how to/ instruction workshop would be interesting and worthwhile + the bar opening afterwards would raise funds.

    Well done again to to PCC

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