Community Defibrillators

What was the purpose?

Working alongside Twyford and Wargrave First Responders (TWFR) and Twyford Parish Council, we installed and manage a network of nine Public Access Defibrillators (PADs).

Where are the defibrillators?

The defibrillators are located at key sites around the village (see map).

How were the sites chosen?

The PADs were placed around the village in areas that had high footfall (such as the train station and village centre), at sports grounds (such as Stanlake Meadow and King George’s Field) or in areas with a high density of people (Colleton Primary School and the next site – Longfield Road). Early defibrillation has been shown to markedly improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest and we have tried to place the initial devices where they can be accessed quickly. Twyford also has a network of volunteer Community First Responders, who carry defibrillators and who are dispatched by the Ambulance Service in the event of a cardiac arrest occurring. These volunteers support the areas around the village and across RG10 to provide an additional link in the ‘chain of survival’.

Who do we have to thank for funding the initiative?

Twyford Together members and supporters (Age Concern Twyford and District; Twyford Parish Council; The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation and a local business who would prefer to remain anonymous) have kindly funded five defibrillators; The British Heart Foundation has funded four; Dave Chambers from Chambers Property Services installed most of the devices for free and, finally, the good people of Twyford donated to a crowdfunding campaign to replace a stolen defibrillator. 

How do the defibrillators work?

All our defibrillators are registered with the ambulance service. In an emergency, call 999. They will advise you of the closest defibrillator and how to access it. You will be given a code to unlock the cabinet and told what to do.

Are they monitored?

A team of ‘Defibrillator Guardians’ check the defibrillators every week to ensure they are available and in good working order. Unfortunately, the Bell Corner defibrillator was found to be missing in Sep 2017. The Ambulance Service confirmed that it had not been used in any recent local medical emergencies in the area and had, most likely, been stolen. 

What do I do in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest?

If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Find out if there is a defibrillator nearby. A defibrillator can be used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm. 

What if the person doesn’t need to be shocked?

Defibrillators are simple and safe to use, and will not shock unless it’s appropriate. They are available to the public in busy locations like shopping centres, sports stadiums and train stations across the UK.

What is CPR?

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It’s a life saving medical procedure which is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps to pump blood around the person’s body when their heart can’t. To carry out CPR a person presses up and down on the casualty’s chest (chest compressions) and gives them a series of rescue breaths to help save their life when they are in cardiac arrest.

How do I learn how to do CPR?

Check out this guide on the British Heart Foundation website.

Who Are Twyford First Responders?

They are a group of volunteers who are called to attend emergencies happening in the village and surrounding areas. When a trauma event occurs, such as a heart attack, literally every minute counts.Since they live locally they will often get to the scene within 5 minutes. They’re trained in advanced First Aid including CPR. This can often make a crucial difference to the survival chances of the victim before the ambulance arrives.

Do I have to do Mouth to Mouth?

No, you can do ‘Hands-only’ CPR as shown by Vinnie Jones.

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