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Thanks to the support of many hundreds of people there is now a highly visible external defibrillator sited outside the 3G pitch.
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Next time you get out of your car  just remember it is there thanks to the generosity of a lot of people who fully appreciate the work we do for the local community.

We hope we never have to use the defibrillator but one day it may well save a life.


What is a Defib?

Defibrillators are needed when someone suffers a cardiac arrest.
A cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. It is caused by a problem with the electrical system of the heart.
Someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest will be unresponsive, not moving and not breathing. The heart will have stopped pumping blood around the body, so someone suffering a cardiac arrest will lose consciousness almost immediately and will also show no visible signs of life – such as movement or breathing.
Death of a person suffering a cardiac arrest can occur within minutes. The defib will only allow an electrical shock to be delivered to the heart of someone who needs it. A shock cannot be delivered in error.
When someone has a cardiac arrest, life cannot be sustained. In fact, someone is technically already dead after suffering a cardiac arrest and they will not have a chance of survival without early CPR and early defibrillation.
A defibrillator automatically reads the heart rhythm of someone who may have suffered a cardiac arrest and can diagnose if an electrical shock is required to restore a normal heart rhythm. If it is required, a defibrillator  will safely deliver a controlled electrical shock to the heart. A defibrillator is a very safe, easy to use electronic device and  are designed to be used by anyone.
Defibs use a series of illustrations and calm voice prompts to guide someone through the whole process, step by step. They also have a simple switch selection if it is to be used on a child between 1 and 8 years old. 

Why are Defibrillators so important?

For every minute that passes without early CPR and defibrillation, there is a 10% drop in the chances of survival. Current UK NHS ambulances are targeted to reach people suffering a cardiac arrest within 8 minutes, nevertheless they may encounter challenges such as traffic congestion, difficult access, crowds and travelling to remote areas which can delay their arrival on scene. The sooner CPR and a defib is used, the more effective trained medical staff can be when they arrive.

The major factor limiting the number of people who survive SCA is the ability to provide defibrillation within a critical time