Step-by-step guide to the new defibrillators in Tealby:

Tealby is pleased to announce the installation of two defibrillators in the village.

The defibrillators are located at either end of the village. The first defibrillator is on the side of the clubhouse at Tealby Tennis & Bowls Club and the second is in the old traditional phone box on Front Street

(see photographs below).

They are currently in locked cabinets that have a keypad to unlock them. When you phone 999 during a suspected cardiac arrest, the call handler will tell you the code for your nearest defibrillator. You then need to press 'C' on the cabinet keypad, then enter the code into the keypad, turn the handle anti-clockwise, take out the defibrillator and take it to the patient asap. The defibrillator is very easy to use and will talk you through each step. It will only give the patient a shock if it senses that one is required.

The defibrillator cabinets in Tealby

It can't be expressed enough how important it is to get the defibrillator to someone as quickly as you can if they are suspected of having a cardiac arrest. This is why it is a good idea to plan your emergency procedure in case this situation should ever arise:

Do you know CPR? Who could get the defibrillator? Is there somebody who could continue the CPR while another is getting the defibrillator? Which is your nearest defibrillator? Are you able to phone 999 on one phone and a neighbour on another? Would you feel better if you watched some videos on how to use the defibrillator? (see the bottom of this post for videos) Might it be an idea to visit your nearest cabinet to get a clear picture of it?

In an emergency situation your logical, calm mind can often take a back seat while all the adrenaline is kicking in, so a clear mind with knowledge and a set procedure to follow can make a big difference.

The defibrillators installed around Tealby are called Lifepak CR2 Defibrillators.

Step-by-step guide to using the Lifepak CR2 Defibrillators.

The Lifepak CR2 Defibrillator

Step 1

1. Tap the patient's shoulder and shout. A person in cardiac arrest will not respond.

Step 2

2. Check for breathing by listening next to the patient's mouth and looking for chest movement. Use the defibrillator only if the patient is not responding, and not breathing or only gasping. If in doubt, use the defibrillator.

Step 3

3. Place the defibrillator near the patient and on the side next to you. Open the lid to turn on the defibrillator. The defibrillator will guide you through the appropriate steps. Note: If the defibrillator does not turn on or the lid is missing, press the ON/OFF button.

Step 4

4. Remove all clothing, including undergarments, from the patient's chest. If the chest is excessively hairy and a razor is readily available, quickly shave the hair in the area where you will place the electrode pads. If the chest is dirty or wet, wipe the chest clean and dry. If there are medicine patches on the patient's chest, remove them.

Step 5

5. If the defibrillator is a dual-language model, a voice prompt occurs at this time in the secondary language. This voice prompt instructs you to press the LANGUAGE button to switch to the secondary language (if desired).

Step 6

6. If the patient is a child less than 8 years old or who weighs less than 25 kg (55 lb), press the CHILD MODE button to enter Child mode. To switch back to Adult mode, press the CHILD MODE button again.

Step 7

7. Pull the red handle to reveal the electrode pads.

Step 8

8. Pull the loops on the electrode pads to peel the pads from the tray.

Step 9

9. Apply the pads to the patient's bare chest exactly as shown in the pictures on the pads. If possible, avoid placing the pads over broken skin. Be sure to press firmly so that the pads completely adhere to the patient's chest.

Note: Be sure you do not place the electrode pads over an implanted device such as implanted pacemaker or ICD. An indication of an implant is a protrusion in the chest skin and a scar. If you are in doubt, apply the pads as shown in the pictures.

Note: Ensure the pads are at least 2.5 cm (1 in) apart. If the patient's chest is too small, place the pads on the chest and back as shown in the child pictures on the pads.

Step 10

10. Listen to the voice prompts and do not touch the patient unless instructed to do so.

Step 11

11. If the defibrillator heart rhythm analysis determines that a shock is needed you will hear "EVERYONE CLEAR", followed by one of these two options.

If you have a semi-automatic model, you will hear "PRESS FLASHING BUTTON". Press the flashing SHOCK button to deliver a shock.

If you have a fully automatic model, you will hear "DO NOT TOUCH PATIENT" followed by "DELIVERING SHOCK". The defibrillator will automatically deliver a shock without requiring further action.

Step 12

12. Do not touch the patient while a shock is being delivered. Regardless of which model you have, continue to follow the voice prompts.

Step 13

13. The defibrillator will instruct you to begin chest compressions. The defibrillator will provide instructions for hand placement during chest compressions, and 'tocks' at the correct compression rate. You may also be instructed to provide rescue breaths, depending on the settings for the defibrillator.

Note: Do not remove the electrode pads from the patient's chest during chest compressions.

Step 14

14. Continue to follow the voice prompts and provide chest compressions when instructed until one of the following occurs:

The patient begins breathing regularly or moving.

Emergency medical personnel arrive and tell you to stop.

Do not remove the pads or disconnect them from the defibrillator unless emergency medical personnel instruct you to do so.

Watch these videos on how to use the Lifepak CR2 Defibrillator.

On an adult

On a child

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Useful links:

The Complete instructions for the Lifepak CR2 Defibrillator:

The video for how to use the Lifepak CR2 Defibrillator on an adult:

The video for how to use the Lifepak CR2 Defibrillator on a child:

Disclaimer: Please note that the above is to be used as a guide and is written to the best of the writer's knowledge. We highly recommend everybody do their own research into the defibrillators and when/how to use them properly.

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