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Another PAD for the island
Another Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) for the Island
17 May 2018

Thanks to generous donations from Terry & Sue Ramplin of Long lane Christmas Lights 2017 and the Island Savoyards the Fisherman’s Cottage has become one of the newest sites for Isle of Wight NHS Ambulance Service Public Access Defibrillator scheme.

Debbie Knighton & Lisa Warne of the Fisherman’s Cottage are now the proud guardians of the PAD which will provide the public with access to this life saving equipment 24/7.

Louise Walker, Head of the ATCoRS said:

‘A defibrillator is used in the event of a cardiac arrest. Once the defibrillator pads are put onto the casualty’s chest it will analyse their heart rhythm and if required will advise an electric shock is given safely. To increase the casualty’s chance of survival a defibrillator needs to be there ideally within the first three minutes of the cardiac arrest so it is absolutely crucial that we have as many of the life saving devices available to our community as possible.’

‘We are extremely grateful to Terry, Sue and the Island Savoyards for their very generous donations which have enabled us to place a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) at the Fisherman’s Cottage, Shanklin Chine.’

‘We also really appreciate Debbie and Sue becoming our new site guardians and housing the PAD.’

‘Thank you also to Ryan Smith-Matthews from Lemlec who kindly installed and wired in the outside wall box’

Information on CPR can be found on the NHS Choices website at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/first-aid/cpr/

Information regarding First Aid training can be found at www.isleofwightambulance.co.uk

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that is needed if someone is unconscious and not breathing normally.

Chest compressions and rescue breaths keep blood and oxygen circulating in the body.

If someone is unresponsive and not breathing normally, call 999 or 112 for an ambulance. Then, if you can, start CPR straight away.

Hands-only CPR

If you have not been trained in CPR or are worried about giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a stranger, you can do chest compression-only (or hands-only) CPR.

To carry out a chest compression:

  1. Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person’s chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.
  2. Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands.
  3. Using your body weight (not just your arms); press straight down by 5–6cm on their chest.
  4. Repeat this until an ambulance arrives.

Try to perform chest compressions at 100-120 compressions a minute.

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