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Following the recent wet weather, the condition of our roads is worse than ever. All residents are encouraged to report potholes and other defects via the following link: www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-
Hascombe Hill Car Park
Following a short period of closure, the Hascombe Estate have re-
New Hascombe Community Facebook page
Tony Kerby has set up a new Hascombe Community Facebook page. The page will be a friendly ‘virtual’ notice board for Hascombe residents to broadcast messages quickly and widely amongst our community.
SAVING A LIFE – How to use the new Defibrillator
Thanks to funding from British Heart Foundation, a private donation and the Parish Council, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED, for short) has been installed in Hascombe near the post box on the south wall of The White Horse Pub which faces Nore Lane. It will be available for Hascombe residents to use if they are ever faced with someone who has gone into cardiac arrest, at any time of the day or night.
But if you were faced with trying to save a life of someone having a cardiac arrest, would you know what to do?
Tessa Weaver, St John Ambulance Community First Responder Team Leader, who has twice demonstrated the AED to Hascombe, and Godalming resident, Nikki Legg, set out to answer the questions they’ve been most frequently asked.
What does an AED actually do?
An AED analyses a patient’s heart rhythm and diagnoses whether a shock might be beneficial. If so it will charge up and fire an electric shock in order to allow the heart to restore an effective rhythm. For every minute without chest compressions and defibrillation the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by 10%.
Shouldn’t we be advertising the AED everywhere?
AEDs don’t need to be advertised. The first thing you should do in an emergency is dial 999. The operator knows where all the local AEDs are and will instruct you to fetch it when you call them.
I haven't been trained -
The beauty of the AED is that anyone can pick one up and begin using it: They are designed to be used safely by people with no training at all. The ambulance operator will talk you through chest compressions and how to use the AED and at the same time the AED will be telling you what to do.
Couldn’t I make somebody worse?
The machine can only give a shock if pads are correctly applied AND the machine has detected that the patient might benefit from the shock. If the patient will not benefit from a shock the machine will not charge up and will not deliver a shock.
For someone in cardiac arrest, if nothing is done the outlook is bleak. They are not breathing and their heart is no longer beating effectively. Defibrillation (along with chest compressions) is their only hope.
If I found someone in cardiac arrest, what would happen?
Firstly, you would dial 999 and call for an ambulance. The operator would ask you to do some checks; from this they will be able to tell if the patient is in cardiac arrest. If it is a cardiac arrest the operator will explain how to do chest compressions.
If you are alone they will ask you to shout for help and to carry on with chest compressions until somebody else arrives because, at this stage, it is crucial that the patient receives continuous chest compressions.
If you have a second helper then the operator would tell you where the nearest AED is and ask one of you to collect it while the other continues chest compressions. Opening the lid triggers the AED to begin talking to you. The operator will still be on the phone guiding you too. The AED will request that you place the pads on the person and the packaging shows you precisely where to apply them. The AED will then tell you not to touch the person whilst it measures the heart rhythm. If it finds the rhythm it’s looking for it will tell you to stand clear while it charges up. It may instruct you to press the flashing button in order to fire the shock. It will then ask you to continue chest compressions. You just follow these instructions until the ambulance arrives.
Any more questions? If so please email Charles Orange firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Kingham kevin@pan-
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