Learning how to save lives

There was an good attendance at the excellent first aid demonstration given mid January by Malcolm Matthews and his team from St John’s Ambulance. We learnt not only how to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in the case of a heart attack, but also how to respond to fractures, choking, burns and collapses.

Malcolm also demonstrated the use of a PAD (public access defibrillator) of a type found in many public spaces such as local shopping centres, train stations and village halls. The machine gives clear spoken instructions and is simple and safe to use – once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm and won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed. We learnt that after a heart attack, every second counts – every minute without CPR and/or defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.

Discussion then took place about whether it would be worth getting a defibrillator for the parish. It’s now being looked into by the Community Space Team.