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PRIDE

What is PRIDE?

PRIDE is the PRIston DEfibrillator!

In 2009 Priston villagers raised the necessary funds for the purchase and installation of a Medtronic Lifepak CR Plus Fully Automatic AED (Automated External Defibrillator). The Parish Council subsequently took over ownership and responsibility for maintenance of the defibrillator.

Subsequently an additional HeartSine Samaritan PAD defibrillator was purchased through an anonymous donation.

Locations

The defibrillators are located:

  • on the side of the Village Hall building;
  • on the side of Willow Barn, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Pai.

How to use the defibrillators (AED)

  • to access the cabinet, dial 999. The operator will advise you of the combination required to open the cabinet;
  • the 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 of 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 HeartSine AED additionally provides feedback on whther CPR is being applied effectively;
  • 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 analyse 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.

Training

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 at johnjill_wilkinson@yahoo.com.