Defibrillator in the Village Phone Box
The Harringworth Village Phone Box on Gretton Road has been decommissioned and is now the home of a Defibrillator which, if required, is unlocked with a code supplied by the Emergency Services. When you call 999 they offer guidance for providing CPR and the use of the Defibrillator, which is registered on their system.
You can read more about using a Defibrillator on the Heart Foundation website at www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/how-to-save-a-life/defibrillators
How to use a Defibrillator
Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way.
- The machine gives clear spoken instructions.
- You don’t need training to use one.
- If you come across someone who is not breathing or breathing erratically, the most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing around the body. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someones chances of survival by 10%.
- If you’re on you’re own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator.
- When you call 999, the operator will tell you where the nearest public access defibrillator is and the access code you will need to retrieve it.
- Once the defibrillator has been brought to the patient and is open all you have to do is follow the spoken instructions from the equipment. The defibrillator detects the hearts rhythm, it wont deliver a shock unless one is needed.