Co-op graduate uses defibrillator to save a life

Co-op graduate uses defibrillator to save a life in Poolewe

Rural AEDsCo-op graduate uses defibrillator to save a life. First Aiders trained by First Aid Training Co-operative and Heartstart Aultbea, along with an off duty paramedic successfully resuscitated a casualty on the 13th of January 2016 at Poolewe Village Hall. The first aiders, all members of the audience at an event, were commended for their swift action and seamless work.

Happily the casualty is now safely at home after having a pacemaker fitted.

Access to rural AEDs (defibrillators) has really made a difference for those who have a cardiac arrest when medical attention takes a while to arrive. These AEDs need to be maintained – read out blog about how to maintain a rural AED.

After a collapse where someone has stopped breathing the first step is to call the emergency services on 999 or 112. It is then important to send someone for the AED if there is one. Using an AED needs to done in conjunction with good CPR. Ideally using a ratio of 30 chest compressions to 2 breaths, with deep (5-6cm) fast compressions really giving the casualty the best chance of survival.

What our video demonstrating how simple it is to use an AED.