Defibrillator and CPR
Defibrillator Locations in North Tawton
The first Defibrillator is situated in an unlocked blue box on the wall of North Tawton Town Council, The Square, EX20 2EP.
The second Defibrillator is situated in an unlocked blue box on the wall of Fore Street Garage, EX20 2ED, the lower part of Fore Street near to North Tawton Rugby Club at Taw Meadows and Taw Bridge.
The recently installed third Defibrillator is situated in an unlocked blue box on the granite wall of Strawberry Fields, EX20 2GX, opposite to the Moor View roundabout.
Is a life-saving machine that can be used if someone suffers a heart attack, please be assured, it will not allow you, the operator, to use it incorrectly. By applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse you can provide the best possible outcome for someone.
If you suspect that someone is having a heart attack, call 999.
If you come across someone who is not breathing or breathing erratically, the most important thing is to start CPR.
If you’re on your own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and fetch the defibrillator.
When you can, send someone else to bring the defibrillator to you.
Begin CPR, making sure that the airway is clear, start chest compression hands-only CPR.
When the defibrillator arrives follow the clearly spoken instructions, the machine is responsive and will not give the patient a shock if they are not suffering from a heart attack.
Remember: Your actions could save a life.
A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. These machines can also be called AEDs (automated external defibrillators).
South West Ambulance Service SWASFT: Defibrillators – Restart a Heart
Locks and coded storage are not supported by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust as these can delay access. The rescuer will already be in a heightened distressed condition and may forget a code; may not correctly type in a code; or may not be able to find a key to gain access.
British Heart Foundation article: Defibrillators save lives