Why our village got a defibrillator (AED)

As a resuscitation training company we know exactly how much it improves the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims by starting CPR straight away and by having rapid access to a defibrillator, however we never really gave thought to the rural village where we work! That was until one day our MD had a knock on the door to say that a 55 year old chap had collapsed just outside the village pub. Our MD started CPR whilst other helpers called for an ambulance.

Being in a rural setting, the ambulance response time was not ideal for a cardiac arrest victim and whilst resuscitation attempts continued in the street, the decision had to be finally made to stop resuscitation and the man was declared dead by a doctor who attended via air ambulance.

This shocked the village as he was well known. Discussions then started about having a defibrillator in the village, it had been discussed before but nothing had ever been agreed and actioned. Our pub landlord took thing into his own hands and raised the funds to buy one – with local peope happily donating towards such an idea.

The defib is now outside the pub in a coded cabinet for anyone to use, and ECG is helping the village by raising awareness and running training to train people how to use it so it isn’t seen as such a ‘scary’ piece of equipment. The defib has been there for two years now, and although it hasn’t been used, we know that it’s a safer village and one day may just save someone’s life.

With many villages or communities that we go to to help train people in the use of a defibrillator, there is usually a similar back story. It’s sad that it often takes a tragedy to make these changes but at least more and more communities are now getting defibrillators.

Written 5th April 2017