A NEW life-saving piece of equipment has been installed at a tourist spot in the Moorlands. The community public access defibrillator has been put in place at Hales Hall Caravan and Camping Park in Cheadle. The defibrillator has been put in place after collaborative working between staff at Hales Hall along with the charity AED Donate.
Rachel Richards, at AED Donate, said: “Community champion, Jo Hammersley (at Hales Hall) contacted us to discuss their ideas and we were delighted to work with them on their fundraising mission.
“The team organised various events over the three months, including a very successful family fun day, and quickly raised the necessary funds allowing them to have their very own defibrillator installed on site.”
Jeff Wood, Director at Hales Hall Caravan and Camping Park said: “We would like to thank the community of Cheadle, our staff and anyone else involved in the fund raising for our new defibrillator.
“We sincerely hope that we don’t have to use it, however we do know how important it is to have a defibrillator for early intervention.”
The defibrillator is available 24/7, has been installed on the left hand side of the reception at the site, and is registered with the ambulance service. Staff at the caravan site are set to monitor the defibrillator on a regular basis.
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.
Rachel said: “A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patients chances of survival: 1) Call 999. 2) Commence CPR. 3) Early defibrillation. 4) Early advanced life support.
“Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions.
“The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training.
“Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it.
“If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first three to five minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6 per cent to 74 per cent.
“Without immediate treatment, 90 per cent to 95 per cent of patients will die.”
To find out more about fund-raising for a defibrillator in your community, go online to www.aeddonate.org.uk.
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