Defibrillator Training

Anyone arriving late to the Tuesday night session at the club would be forgiven for wondering what sort of activity they were joining. With Sue and John Billington, apparently, rolling on the floor, accompanied by John’s cries of: “It doesn’t go like that.” and Sue’s: “It does now.”

In fact, it was yet another of the informative and this time more socially responsible activities organised at the South Staffs Sailing Club. In reality it was about how to deal with a situation involving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and included defibrillation and the use of AEDs in response to a cardiac problem. It started with “recovery position” placement, Sue and John’s actual activity. The seriousness of the event was underlined by the happy presence of a member who had recently benefited from the technology.

After emphasising the need to send for professional help, the activity focused on DR ABC.
Danger: Considering/reducing/removing it.
Responsiveness: Is the subject responding?
Airway: Is it clear?
Breathing: Are they?
Cardiac: Does it need “rebooting”? (My term, not the official one.)

120 cardiac chest pumps per minute (“Another ones bites the dust… “ gives the timing), which is tiring, interspersed with two breaths every 30 pumps, was established as the current practise.
The idea of the two ”rescue breaths”, led to a discussion of “if you feel you can do it” as they are optional and less important than the chest pumps,.My suggestion of using a “poo bag” (even a clean one, Neil Goodhead) as a barrier if rescue breaths are given, was vetoed in favour of a “medical” face shield; samples of which were provided.

Many thanks are due to Neil Hawkins for arranging the sessions and to Jim Churchill from the Penkridge First Responders, ably supported by his boy Harry, for the presentation.

We all hope that we’ll never need to use the “training”, but just in case here is a website giving the location of AEDs:

WWW.Heartsafe.org.uk