Life-saving defibrillator installed at The Ammerdown Centre

Monday 21st June 2021 3:00 pm
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The Ammerdown Centre in Kilmersdon has been given a grant from the Sperring Trust to buy a defibrillator.

The Centre, which specialises in peace, hospitality and reconciliation, applied for the grant from the Sperring Trust which offers financial support to the people and organisations of Midsomer Norton and surrounding areas.

All of the staff at the Ammerdown Centre have annual first aid training in which they are shown how to use a defibrillator. This training led to the idea of getting one for the Centre.

The device is located on the front of the building and can be seen as soon as you enter the car park. It is good practice to try and remember the location of your nearest defibrillator (even though, if you ring 999, the emergency services will be able to tell you where the nearest one is located).

The British Heart Foundation recommends that in an emergency the first thing to do is call 999, start CPR and ask someone to bring a defibrillator. The emergency service operator will be able to tell you the code for the secure cabinet that houses the defibrillator if necessary. Then, all you need to do is turn it on and follow the instructions. You don’t need to be trained to use one – anyone can use it. There are clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads. The device then assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it is needed.

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