new defibrillator cabinet with the new HeartSine Samaritan PAD
has now been installed on the wall of the Village Hall. It is now fully
operational. This has been made possible througn an anonymous donation.
The old Medtronic Fully Automatic AED
and cabinet have now been moved and are fully operational on the wall
of Willow Barn at the
lower end of the village, through the kind permission of Mr
Mrs. Pai. The access code for the old cabinet is unchanged.
The key differences between the new HeartSine and the old Medtronic
- the HeartSine defibrillator
feedback on the effectiveness of heart compressions/CPR being provided
by the carer(s);
- the HeartSine model prompts the
press a button to administer the shock, the Medtronic model applies the
shock automatically following a warning for carers to move clear of the
|During the near
future an updated information leaflet, detailing the codes of each
cabinet and those villagers whose training is in date and who are
willing to be called out in an emergency, will be delivered to each
There were 16 villagers who attended the
familiarisation course for the new AED so we now have a substantial
core of knowledge in the village so that the new device may be used
A refresher course will be arranged for those whose certificate expires
John Wilkinson, AED Coordinator
PRIDE is the PRIston DEfibrillator!
2009 Priston villagers raised the necessary funds for the purchase and
installation of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
Parish Council subsequently took over ownership and responsibility for
maintenance of the defibrillator.
The AED is housed in a green
cabinet situated on the side wall of the Village Hall, which is
illuminated at night.
Although use of the AED does not require training., training is very
important not only in teaching you how to use the AED but
also in showing you how apply CPR (cardiac-pulmonary
resuscitation)/chest compressions. CPR is key to sustaining the patient
both before and during CPR use. If you are interested in
receiving training then
please register your interest with John Wilkinson on 470773 or
- to access the cabinet, dial 999. The operator
will advise you of the combination required to open the cabinet;
combination to open the cabinet, plus a list of individuals trained in
AED use is also available to local residents on request from John
Wilkinson. However, you are advised to dial 999 in the event
an emergency, prior to using the AED;
- the AED provides verbal
prompts as soon as it is switched on, advising how to prepare the
patient and when to apply chest compressions/CPR. The new
HeartSine AED provides feedback on whther CPR is being applied
- the AED warns
carers to move away when a shock is required
- the new HeartSine AED prompts the carer to
press a button to administer the sock;
- the old Medtronic AED applies the shock
automatically, without the need to press any button;
- Note than both the new and the old AED
automatically analyses electrical
signals from the heart and will only apply a shock
when needed. It will not apply a shock if
the heart is working normally.
You can download and print a simple one-page guide to CPR/AED usage here. Or
view the Vinnie Jones' video on hands-only CPR.
Note - this is not intended as a substitute for
Medtronic Lifepak CR Plus Fully Automatic AED
What is an AED
See the PRIDE
Update (17 October 2009)
HANDOVER TO PARISH COUNCIL
Noon, 24 October 2009
At last, a date has been arranged for the
formal handover of the defibrillator into the custody of the Parish
This will be a low key affair happening on Saturday 24 October at
noon. All of you are cordially invited to join us. There will be a
glass of wine and nibbles available in the Ring o’ Bells
afterwards, as small
token of thanks for all your magnificent support for the project (this
be paid for from the Pride funds!). The cabinet will open so that all
what you have brought.
There are now 26 people who have received
initiation training. A further course will be arranged in the near
any who want learn how to use it, together with resuscitation training.
Contact John Wilkinson on 470773 if you want to attend but be
quick as places are
rapidly. Subsequently, refresher training will be provided.
We are extremely grateful
for the recent
generous donation from the Book Exchange in the pub.
There will be future fundraising events (yes,
we DO still require funds, mainly for training) yet to be decided. The
Chocolate Evening raised over £200 which will help pay for
the next training
We are in the process of sorting out the, very
temporary, hood over the light, hopefully by replacing the current
a completely different type of light.
(28 July 2009)
You will all be pleased to
hear, that the long wait is over.
Planning permission for the installation of the AED storage box on the
wall of the Village Hall was granted on 20th July and the cabinet was
installed on the right-hand-side of the Village Hall on 28th.
At the moment we have a defibrillator on loan until the one
have ordered (the Medtronic Lifepak CR Plus Fully Automatic AED)
arrives. The AED is now fully operational, and the
arrangements with the Ambulance Service have been put into
action. to ensure the code is available to anyone dialing 999.
Plans are in hand to run further training courses. We are waiting for
dates from the instructor, but probably some time in August, so if
you’d like to learn how to use the machine, and
already put your name down, please let John Wilkinson know on 470773..
have shown concern that we are still fund-raising
after everybody in the village has been so generous. Although we do
have cash in the kitty, we need to pay for future training, which is a
considerable expense, and there are certain maintenance and running
costs. Refresher training needs to be carried out at a
once a year and the recommendation is two times a year. So every so
often we will be holding a fundraising event to cover these costs. The
next event will be a Chocolate Evening on 10th October. Details nearer
intending to have an official opening. You will be
advised when it is.
soon we shall deliver an information sheet to each household detailing
how to access the machine in case of emergency.
This web page will be adapted to provide useful information on the use
of the AED.
Thanks again to everyone for all the support you have provided to the