A grant from the Parents and Friends Association and funds from the Entertainment Books have been used to purchase an automatic defibrillator for the McGlashan community.
The defibrillator has been located in the John McGlashan College Boarding House.
The photos below will help you find it.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that can help restart a heart after cardiac arrest. The use of an AED, combined with CPR, can increase a patient's chance of survival by 40%.
So, for a little first aid refresher...
In the case of a cardiac arrest:
- Call 111 and ask for an ambulance
- Begin CPR (30 compressions:2 breaths)
- Send someone to get an AED if available
AEDs are designed to be used by people with no prior medical knowledge or experience with defibrillators. Once you press the start button, clear voice prompts will tell you what to do. Diagrams will help you place the defibrillator pads on the patient's chest.
The AED will prompt you when to stand clear of the patient (when it is analysing for a heart rhythm or delivering a shock) and when to resume CPR.
Please be assured that AEDs have built-in safety mechanisms and will not deliver a shock when there is a normal heart rhythm.
The app 'AED Locations' (Apple) or 'AED Locations v2' (Android) can be downloaded to your phone for free.
A demonstration of how to use an automatic defibrillator can be found at: http://www.stjohn.org.nz/First-Aid/AED/