Defibrillator

Moulsoe has a Public Access Defibrillator located outside Moulsoe Millennium Hall (next door to The Carrington Arms public house).  The Defibrillator is locked in a lit yellow safe situated on the left hand side wall as you face the Hall.  The Emergency Services hold the safe’s access code.
Always call 999 in an emergency.

Device Image  Defib Safe

What is a Defibrillator?

A defibrillator is a portable electronic device used in the treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest is when the electrical impulses that normally control the heart malfunction and they become chaotic and uncoordinated.  Unlike a heart attack – which occurs when an artery supplying the heart becomes blocked causing chest pains – Sudden Cardiac Arrest has little or no warning and without timely treatment is patient is likely to die.  A defibrillator monitors the heart’s electrical rhythm and delivers a shock if and when it is needed.   The shock stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish its own effective rhythm.

A Public Access Defibrillator is designed for use in the community, it is simple to use so that a lay bystander is able to locate a device nearby and use it successfully with little or no training.  Moulsoe has an iPAD SP1 Automated External Defibrillator (“AED”).

South Central Ambulance Service recommends that a Public Access Defibrillator is installed wherever medical treatment is more than 5 minutes away.  This is because 750,000 Europeans suffered from a heart attack each year, 300,000 of these are Britons.  Half of these lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest and just 4% survive. The chance of survival diminishes by 10% each minute that passes between the Sudden Cardiac Arrest and effective treatment.  In communities that have access to a Public Access Defibrillator, the chance of survival increases from 4% to 24% due to an awareness of the emergency steps necessary and early defibrillation.

Emergency Steps to Help Save a Life

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  1. Check for danger to you or the casualty.
  2. If it is safe, check to see if the casualty responds to you.
  3. Shout for help and call 999.
  4. With the casualty on their back, check the airways for blockages.
  5. Listen to their breathing for 10 seconds to check if they are breathing normally.

If the casualty is breathing normally (at least two good breaths), place the casualty in the recovery position and wait for the Emergency Services to arrive.

If the casualty is not breathing normally, immediately start CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or chest compressions) while a second person obtains the access code from the 999 operator and collects the AED/Defibrillator from Moulsoe Millennium Hall.

The first person continues CPR while the second person turns on the AED/Defibrillator and follows the automatic instructions.

The AED/Defibrillator will decide if a shock is necessary.  Stand back and make sure no one is touching the casualty before pressing the button to deliver the shock.

Only use an AED/Defibrillator on someone who does not respond and is not breathing normally.

You can only get the access code by dialling 999.

Always call 999 in an emergency.

Using the Defibrillator

Moulsoe has an iPAD SP1 Automated External Defibrillator (“AED”).

Click here to view the iPAD SP1 In-Use Quick Reference Guide.

Click here for a full CPR and AED training film https://vimeo.com/98530930

About the Device

The device is an iPAD SP1 Automated External Defibrillator (“AED”) supplied by Wel Medical, Stableford House, Sebastopol Road, Aldershot GU11 1SG www.welmedical.com.

The device was installed and then checked and registered with the Emergency Services by Ian Jones of South Central Ambulance Service on 18 November 2014.

The device was checked and new pads installed on 14 April 2017.

Click here for the device overview: https://vimeo.com/90857013

iPad Device

Key Features

  • The device is fully automated – this means it analyses the heart’s electrical rhythm and if it detects a rhythm that needs correction, it will charge itself and instruct the operator to press the button deliver a shock.
  • The device will not deliver a shock if it is not needed.
  • It has a simple switch mode that can be operated with ease by an adult or a child, even in a stressful situation.
  • It is designed for lay people who have little or no training by giving both audio and visual instructions.
  • It detects ambient noise and adjusts volume automatically so that the operator can hear instruction.
  • It has pre-connected ‘smart’ electrodes – no need to fiddle with parts.
  • It has a long life expectancy (seven-year warranty) as do the battery and pads, which are also designed to be left unattended for long intervals.
  • It is situated in a lockable safe with an access code known to the Emergency Services. The safe is waterproof and has a light that comes on when opened.
  • The device will be registered with the Emergency Services database and the access code will be provided in a case of an emergency.

Always dial 999 in an emergency. 

Contact & Questions

Please notify the Parish Clerk if you have any questions about the AED/Defibrillator.
It is important to notify the Parish Clerk if the AED/Defibrillator has been used to ensure that the battery is checked and additional pads ordered.

Last updated 24 April 2017.