We are very fortunate in Swanton Morley to have two defibrillators, installed and maintained by the Parish Council. They can be found on the telephone box in Town Street, opposite the village shops and at the village hall (main entrance).
A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.
Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone, at any time. The following steps give someone the best chance of survival. If you come across someone in cardiac arrest:
Ask someone to bring a defibrillator if there’s one nearby
Turn on the defibrillator and follow its instructions
You don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator – anyone can use it. There are clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads. It then assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it’s needed. You cannot deliver a shock accidentally, the defibrillator will only allow you to shock if it is needed.